Letter to the Editor

Where Did All of the Students Go?

Authors: Michael T. Flannery, MD


To the Editor: As a result of the 2015 National Resident Matching Program’s Main Residency Match, nearly 17,000 US applicants matched, as did 9000 others, for the nearly 27,000 first-year positions that were offered.1 Those who did not match in the first round would have had few alternatives before the creation of the Supplemental Acceptance and Offer Program (SOAP). Initially, those individuals included applicants who were unmatched from various program backgrounds, those who withdrew, and those who submitted a no-rank list. According to the Table,2,3 slightly more than 0.25% represents the total of each column for non-US applicants.

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1. National Resident Matching Program. 2015 residency match largest on record with more than 41,000 applicants vying for over 30,000 residency positions in 4,756 programs. http://www.nrmp.org/press-release-2015-residency-match-largest-on-record-with-more-than-41000-applicants-vying-for-over-30000-residency-positions-in-4756-programs/. Published March 20, 2015. Accessed May 4, 2015.
2. National Resident Matching Program. Advance data tables--2015 Main Residency Match. http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/ADT2015_final.pdf. Accessed May 4, 2015.
3. Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. Fifth Pathway certificate. http://www.ecfmg.org/eras/applicants-documents-fifthpathway.html. Accessed July 26, 2015.
4. National Resident Matching Program. Results and data--2014 Main Residency Match. http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Main-Match-Results-and-Data-2014.pdf. Accessed May 4, 2015.