Ob.gyn. brought 1,395 first-year positions to the 2019 Main Resident Match, up from 1,336 in 2018. Also up from last year is the fill rate, with 2018’s Match Day filling 99.6% of available positions.
For all specialties in the main Match, U.S. first-year applicants filled 55.2%, and the overall fill rate was 94.9% of the 32,194 available positions, an increase of 6.5% over the number of positions available in 2018, according to the NRMP.
The 2019 Match also set a new high for total positions offered at 35,135, for which there was a record-high 38,376 applicants. The increases are likely related, in part, to the greater number of osteopathic programs joining the Match Day offerings because of an ongoing move toward a single accreditation system.
“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.