according to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
This year, 617 first-year (PGY-1) neurology slots were offered, an increase of 11.8% over the 552 offered in 2018 and well above the 6.5% gain recorded for the Match as whole. The 114 neurology programs participating this year filled 96.3% of those PGY-1 positions, compared with 94.7% for the 52 programs that offered PGY-2 positions, the NRMP reported.
“The results of the Match are closely watched because they can be predictors of future physician workforce supply. There also is significant interest in the competitiveness of specialties, as measured by the percentage of positions filled overall and the percentage filled by senior students in U.S. allopathic medical schools,” the NRMP said.
The proportion of PGY-1 neurology positions filled by U.S. seniors dropped to 46.0% from 50.7% last year, although the number of U.S. seniors filling spots actually went up from 280 in 2018 to 284. The PGY-2 positions saw declines in both cases: The 175 U.S. seniors represented 62.3% of the 2019 spots, compared with the 190 U.S. seniors who filled 66.2% of slots in 2018, the NRMP data show.
The total numbers of applicants (38,376) and positions offered (35,185) were both record highs for the Match, although they were affected, in part, by “increased numbers of osteopathic programs that joined the Main Residency Match as a result of the ongoing transition to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education programs,” the NRMP noted.