The number of PGY-1 positions offered was the highest total ever. US allopathic medical school seniors in the match numbered 18,539, which is also a new high. Only 5.7% of US seniors failed to match. That was a slightly lower percentage compared to 2016 and 2015.
The numbers were not as good for previous graduates of US allopathic medical schools with only 46% of 1472 applicants matching. Osteopathic graduates fared better with 81.7% of 3590 applicants matching.
I have blogged about the prospects for international medical school graduates. Of the 5069 US citizen graduates of international medical schools, 54.8% matched—a rate consistent with the totals for the last four years.
Non-US citizen international med school graduates in the match numbered 7284 with 52.4% obtaining PGY-1 positions—about 2% higher than last year and statistically significant with a p value of 0.026.
For categorical general surgery, 267 programs offered 1281 positions, and only three programs with a total of five positions were unfilled. Senior students from US allopathic schools comprised 78.4% of the 1276 who matched. Percentages of US senior students matching in categorical surgery for the previous four years were as follows: 2016--76%, 2015--80%, 2014--77%, 2013--81%.
For categorical internal medicine, 3245 US med school seniors filled 44.9% of the 7233 positions offered. Family medicine had a similar percentage of US med school seniors matching.
The figures of US seniors matching to internal medicine and family medicine were fairly consistent with previous years.
Overall, 28,849 PGY-1 positions were offered in this year's match with 27,688 filled. This left 1161 unfilled positions with 508 preliminary surgery openings making up nearly half of the vacant slots.
The number of active applicants in this year's match was 35,969 which was the most ever; 8281 (23%) failed to match.
This means that more than 7100 unmatched applicants will not be able to start residency training in July. I have blogged about this problem too and have no solution. What these people will do to make a living and for some, how they will pay back their tuition loans is unclear.