Match Day 2019 largest in history — 4 notes

This year's Match Day, which took place March 15, was the largest in history, according to the National Resident Matching Program, which operates the residency program application system.

A record-number 38,376 applicants submitted applications for the 35,185 available residency programs –– the most available in the program's history.

Four notes on Match Day 2019:

1. The number of available first-year positions rose to 32,194, a 6.5 percent increase from the number available positions last year.

2. Of the 32,194 positions available for first-year residents, 15,946 were for primary care specialties like family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics.

3. A record number of MD medical students applied for residency positions (18,925 applicants). Of those 18,925 applicants, 93.9 percent or 17,763 applicants, matched into a program.

4. This year's match also saw a record number of 6,001 DO applicants, an increase of more than 1,384 applicants from 2018. Of those 6,001 applicants, 84.6 percent, or 5,076 applicants matched into a first-year residency program.

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