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2012 Match Data

March 28, 2012

The 2012 match data has been published.

The report states “Of the 11,134 IMGs who participated in the 2012 Match, 4,886 (43.9%) matched. In the 2011 Match, 4,626 (44.2%) IMGs were matched to first-year positions.”

Remember that for the above percentages from the NRMP to be counted you have to interview for residency. Lots of people don’t get interviews. So how many applicants to ERAS were there in total?

Well lets look at some of the numbers from the NRMP.

11,134 IMGs participated in the 2012 Match (these are people who interviewed who were not offered a prematch).
7,023 IMGs entering PGY-1 (includes 2300 prematch offers to IMGs and 4700 matched IMGs). Remember that the prematch is now a thing of the past for the vast majority of programs.

What the NRMP information does not comment on is the number of total IMG applicants to ERAS.
In the NRMP there were 6,249 US citizen IMG (Including US Permanent Residents, Conditional Residents, and Refugee citizenship status)
In the NRMP there were 10,004 Non US citizen IMG (those with Foreign citizenship).
Total NRMP IMG match applicants were 16,253.

As far as I can tell, ERAS does not show the number of applications that it receives from IMGs. From ERAS data for 2012 match there were 21,889 IMG applicants to Internal Medicine. If I assume that every IMG candidate who filed an application through ERAS applied to Internal Medicine and 7,023 IMGs will begin residency in 2012 then the success rate is 32%. It is not likely that every IMG candidate who filed an application through ERAS applied to Internal Medicine. Surely some ERAS applicants did not apply to Internal Medicine. So the actual percentage of success is truly less than 30%.

So the message is that obtaining a residency in the US is very difficult. Even good scores are not a guarantee. Nothing is for certain. One should not assume that they will land a residency spot no matter how good they look on paper.

The views expressed on this post are those of Kenneth Christopher, MD and do not necessarily reflect the views of his employer Partners HealthCare, his hospital, department or division.

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