The number of surgery residency positions available in this year’s Match was up 2.1% over last year, but the number of U.S. seniors filling surgery slots dropped 3.4%, the National Residency Matching Program reported.
A total of 1,205 surgery slots were offered for 2014, compared with 1,180 in 2013. Of the available slots, 99.4% (1,198) were filled, with 76.5% (922) going to U.S. seniors. The number of U.S. seniors was 954 last year, for a fill rate of 80.8%, according to the NRMP.
The 1,205 surgery positions represent 4.5% of the total slots offered for all specialties. The 29,671 first- and second-year residency positions offered in 2014 was a Match Day record – 500 more than the previous high set in 2013.