ABOUT THE MATCH
The National Resident Matching Program (“The Match”) is an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1952 to provide a systematic way of placing medical school students into graduate medical education (GME) positions in United States teaching hospitals. In 65 years, The Match has grown to include international medical school students and graduates among its applicants in the Main Residency Match® and the more than sixty Fellowship Matches managed through its Specialties Matching Service®. National Resident Matching Program International® (NRMPI®), a wholly-owned subsidiary, offers matching services to private and governmental agencies located outside the U.S. and Canada.
The Match is the largest health care matching service in the world, meeting the needs of more than 50,000 medical students and graduates annually who compete for more than 40,000 residency and fellowship positions. The Match also offers unparalleled data resources and is committed to research that benefits the GME community.
MESSAGE FROM CHAIR AND PRESIDENT/CEO
2018 was another terrific year for the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP®). The Main Residency Match was the largest ever, with record-high numbers of U.S. M.D. and D.O. seniors matching to first-year positions. The NRMP Specialties Matching Service grew as well with the addition of several new subspecialties. Staff traveled throughout the year to meet with constituents in the undergraduate and graduate medical education communities to share Match data and policy updates. Maintaining meaningful connections with the medical education community is a high priority for NRMP.
In 2018, efforts were directed at providing new and improved resources to constituents. Interactive versions of Charting Outcomes in the Match and the NRMP Program Director Survey addressed an NRMP goal of helping applicants determine their goodness of fit with specific residency programs. New learning videos were created, and NRMP conducted its first-ever webinar for residency program staff to help them better understand and navigate the matching process. Lastly, our partnership with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates was expanded to establish a series of webinars for international medical graduates.
NRMP remains committed to ensuring its Matching Program delivers accurate results and is transparent in its processes. This report highlights some of our accomplishments in 2018. We hope you will take a moment to read it. Your input about NRMP’s current initiatives and suggestions for future programs and resources are always welcome.
Susan Guralnick, M.D., Chair
Mona M. Signer, M.P.H., President and CEO
YEAR IN REVIEW
In 2018, NRMP delivered high-quality matching services and resources: participation in the Main Residency and Fellowship Matches was the largest in history, and informative reports were published earlier in the year to better assist applicants. NRMP continued providing matching services overseas.
Phone call handle response rates averaged 92 percent
Chat handle response rates averaged 96 percent
Email handle response rate was 100 percent
CUSTOMER SATISFACTION WITH NRMP SUPPORT AVERAGED 95 PERCENT
C. Bruce Alexander, MD
University of Alabama School of Medicine
Keith B. Armitage, MD
University Hospital Case Medical Center
Carol Berkowitz, MD
UCLA-Harbor Medical Center
Deborah S. Clements, MD
Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
Donna D. Elliott, MD, EdD
University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Holly J. Humphrey, MD
The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation
Marc J. Kahn, MD, MBA
Tulane University School of Medicine
Daniel W. Morrissey, OP
Maria C. Savoia, MD
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Edward S. Salsberg, MPA
George Washington University
Zaid I. Almarzooq, MBBCh
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Jessica G. Fried, MD
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Elliott D. Kozin, MD
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
University of Louisville School of Medicine