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SOURCE National Resident Matching Program
High or low exam scores do not guarantee success or failure in obtaining subspecialty training positions
WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP®) announces the release of Charting Outcomes in The Match: Specialties Matching Service®, Appointment Year 2018. The NRMP Specialties Matching Service (SMS®) encompasses multiple Matches for advanced residency and fellowship positions, and the report examines how applicant characteristics contribute to success in those Matches. The report has not been published since May 2013.
"We are pleased to be able to offer a new version of this report for applicants interested in fellowship training," said Mona M. Signer, NRMP President and CEO. "The SMS has grown markedly since the report was first published, and we want to be sure all applicants in our Matching Programs have the resources they need to make informed choices about training."
For the 2018 appointment year, NRMP conducted 25 Fellowship Matches for 63 subspecialties, a significant increase over the 20 Matches for 40 subspecialties that were the focus of the first report. The new report tracks 10,778 applicants in four categories: U.S. allopathic medical school graduates, osteopathic medical school graduates, and U.S. citizen and non-U.S. citizen graduates of international medical schools. A total of 8,753 applicants obtained fellowship positions.
The report examines ten characteristics that contribute to applicants' success in obtaining a fellowship position in their preferred subspecialty, or the subspecialty ranked first on the applicant's rank order list. Characteristics include the number of subspecialties ranked; USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3 scores; and the number of research, work, and volunteer experiences. All 63 subspecialties that participated in the SMS for the 2018 appointment year are represented on tables and charts for all specialties; additional specialty-specific tables and charts are included for the 24 subspecialties for which at least 50 positions were offered and at least 50 applicants supplied information for research.
A few highlights from the report:
General Characteristics of Successful Applicants
Charting Outcomes in The Match: Specialties Matching Service®, Appointment Year 2018 shows that across all subspecialties, successful applicants are more likely to:
"Although this report demonstrates a strong relationship between USMLE Step scores and Match success, a deeper analysis shows that program directors consider other qualifications," said Ms. Signer. "Excellent scores do not guarantee success, and lower scores do not prevent applicants from matching."
Data-Supported Advice to Applicants
Ms. Signer suggests applicants consider the following advice, which is supported by data in the report:
The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) is a private, non-profit organization established in 1952 at the request of medical students to provide an orderly and fair mechanism for matching the preferences of applicants for U.S. residency positions with the preferences of residency program directors. In addition to the annual Main Residency Match® for almost 44,000 registrants, the NRMP conducts Fellowship Matches for more than 60 subspecialties through its Specialties Matching Service® (SMS®).
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