Osteopathic Match Day 2017: 10 statistics

Of the applicants, nearly three in four osteopathic medical students and graduates matched into residency programs Monday during American Osteopathic Association Match Day 2017.

"It is clear that osteopathic-focused clinical training is very important to a large number of our graduating DOs," Boyd Buser, DO, president of the AOA, said in a statement. "The values of osteopathic medicine, such as whole-person care and a tradition of serving patients in areas with physician shortages, matter deeply to our newest physicians, who have an unprecedented number of choices for their specialty training."

Here are 10 statistics about DO Match Day, as presented by the AOA.

  • Total available residencies in 2017: 3,109
  • Residencies matched: 2,214
  • Specialty residency matches: 1,026
  • Primary care residency matches: 1,188
  • Family medicine residency matches: 610 (28 percent of all matches)
  • Internal medicine matches: 527 (24 percent)
  • Emergency medicine matches: 306 (14 percent)
  • General surgery matches 148 (7 percent)
  • Orthopedic surgery matches: 119 (5 percent)
  • Number of residencies still open: 895

Open positions can be filled post-Match Day, according to AOA.

Application to osteopathic and allopathic programs is currently separate, but the AOA and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education are in the midst of transitioning to a single match process for MDs and DOs. During the transition period, DOs may participate in the ACGME match, and MDs can apply to ACGME programs with osteopathic recognition. The streamlined match program is expected to be finished by July 2020, according to the AOA.

Correction: This article was updated Feb. 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. ET. It previously stated three in four osteopathic medical students and graduates matched into residency programs. However, not all graduates participated in the match, so this language has been updated to reflect that. We regret this error. 

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