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  niko8800 - 05/15/18 20:46
 
  What are the least competitive specialities to be matched?
 
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  dreamstocometrue - 05/16/18 14:46
 
  None  
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  niko8800 - 05/16/18 19:49
 
  I mean relatively. e.g. plastic surgery, radiology etc are difficult  
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  dreamstocometrue - 05/16/18 20:10
 
 


Analyze this years match data: http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Advance-Data-Tables-2018.pdf
 
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  dreamstocometrue - 05/16/18 21:06
 
 

http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Main-Match-Result-and-Da...ta-2018.pdf
 
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* Re: Least competitive specialities to be matched
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  niko8800 - 05/16/18 21:15
 
  Thanks.
So:
For non-U.S. citizen students and graduates of international medical schools (“Non-U.S. IMG”), the top five
specialties/specialty tracks were:
 Internal Medicine (categorical) (2,076)
 Family Medicine (330)
 Pediatrics (categorical) (315)
 Neurology (categorical, advanced, and physician positions) (192)
 Pathology (185)
 
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* Re: Least competitive specialities to be matched
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  dreamstocometrue - 05/16/18 22:23
 
 
Total PGY-1 positions offered by field, % filled by US Seniors in 2018:

Internal Medicine (Categorical): 7,542 (42.4% filled by US Seniors)
Medicine-Preliminary (PGY-1 Only): 1,883 ( 72.8% filled by US Seniors)
FM: 3,629 (44.9% filled by US Seniors)
Pediatrics: 2,768 (63.1% filled by US Seniors)
ER: 2,278 (70.5% filled by US Seniors)
Psychiatry: 1,556 (63.1% filled by US Seniors)
Obstetrics-Gynecology: 1,336 (78.7% filled by US Seniors)
Pathology: 601 (36.6% filled by US Seniors)
Neurology: 552 (50.7% filled by US Seniors)
Surgery (Categorical): 1,319 (76.2% filled by US Seniors)
Surgery-Preliminary (PGY-1 Only): 1,363 (41.6% filled by US Seniors)

Its interesting that more US Seniors applied/matched in Medicine-Preliminary (PGY-1 Only) compare to 72.8% in Categorical positions. Its possible that AMG applicants who didn't match in their preferred field got a spot during SOAP.

According this data US Seniors filled least spots in Pathology (36.6%). This data shows that US Seniors filled less than 50% positions IM Categorical , Neurology, Pathology, and Surgery-Preliminary (PGY-1 Only).

Through dedication, hard work, support, patience, and some luck (sustained persistent) one can match in his/her field of choice!

p.s. Please double check NRMP data to be sure.

 
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  dreamstocometrue - 05/16/18 22:46
 
 

The first Main Residency Match® ("the Match") was conducted in 1952 when 10,400 internship positions were available for 6,000 graduating U.S. medical school seniors.

By 1973, there were 19,000 positions for just over 10,000 graduating U.S. seniors.

Following the demise of internships in 1975, the number of first-year post-graduate (PGY-1) positions declined to 15,700. The number of PGY-1 positions gradually increased through 1994 and then began to decline slowly until 1998.

In 2018, the number of registrants reached an ALL-TIME High of 43,909, an increase of 752 over 2017. The total number of positions, at 33,167, also was an ALL-TIME High.

Reference: http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Main-Match-Result-and-Da...ta-2018.pdf

I would love to find out compensation upper management get at ECFMG, USMLE, ERAS, NRMP :)



 
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* Re: Least competitive specialities to be matched
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  niko8800 - 05/16/18 23:04
 
  thanks, good  
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* Re: Least competitive specialities to be matched
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  dreamstocometrue - 05/17/18 00:09
 
 

I should be doing other interesting things, but I was curious about 2018 IMG Match data :)

While the overall number of IMGs participating in the Match declined by 211 compared to last year, their success rate in obtaining first-year residency positions was 56.5%, up from 53.3% last year.

Among U.S. citizen IMGs, 2,900 (57.1%) matched to first-year residency positions, an increase of 123 over last year. The number of U.S. citizen IMGs matching to first-year positions has increased in 13 of the last 15 years. For non-U.S. citizens, 3,962 (56.1%) matched, an increase of 148 positions. This is the seventh annual increase in the number of non-U.S. citizen IMGs who matched. For both groups, these match rates are the highest since 1993.

Today’s results show 16 consecutive years of growth in the number of first-year residency positions offered through the Match. In the 2018 Match, 30,232 first-year positions were offered, an increase of 1,383 (4.8%) compared to 2017 and a cumulative increase of more than 9,500 positions since 2002.

“The success of IMGs in this year’s Match demonstrates the importance of this talented and qualified pool of applicants for U.S. training programs,” said ECFMG President & CEO William Pinsky, M.D. “The growth in available residency positions, particularly in primary-care specialties like Internal Medicine, represents continued opportunities for IMGs interested in training in the United States.”

Ref: https://www.ecfmg.org/news/2018/03/16/imgs-show-strong-performance-in-the-...2018-match/

Decrease in IMG registrants by 211 (according to ECFMG) and an overall increase by 752 is reported by NRMP. A lot more US Seniors in DO programs applied for ACGME residency this year, because of the upcoming AOA and AMA merger. A lot of DO programs participated in both AOA and AMA residency process, which could be the reason higher IMG match this year.


 
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* Re: Least competitive specialities to be matched
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  parmesh495 - 05/17/18 13:03
 
  As the applicants are getting increased for every match, specialties are getting more competitive.  
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