Couples Match Rates
In the 2019 Match, 2,152 individuals participated in the match as couples, 178 fewer than 2018, and the first decrease in numbers of couples since 2005. U.S. seniors made up 69% of the couples in the match. Couples continued to have great success in the 2019 match with a PGY-1 match rate of 95.0 percent.
Osteopathic vs. Allopathic Match Rates
Overall match rates are higher for U.S. allopathic seniors and range from 92% to 95% every year. In 2019, 84.5% of osteopathic candidates matched and this was the highest match rate in history, As all AOA programs transition to a single accreditation system in 2020, we expect this match rate will continue to increase.
International Medical School Graduate (U.S. and non-U.S. Citizen) Match Rates
It is certainly more difficult to match as an international medical student or graduate. The data for this group of students is broken up in to U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. In 2019, 5,080 U.S. international medical students/graduates submitted rank order lists and 2,997 matched to PGY-1 positions for a match rate of 59.0 percent. Of the 6,869 non-U.S citizen international medical students/graduates who submitted rank order lists, 4,028 matched to PGY-1 positions for a match rate of 58.6 percent. This was the highest match rate for both groups since the early 1990’s.
Easiest Specialties For International Students
The following specialties are the most “friendly” for International Medical Students and Graduates because they match the lowest percentage of U.S. Allopathic Seniors.
Most Difficult Specialties For International Students
In contrast, the following specialities are the most difficult for International Medical Graduates because more than 90% of matches are U.S. Allopathic Seniors.
In 2019, 12,472 applicants were eligible to participate in SOAP, 704 fewer than in 2018. In total, 1,652 of the 1,768 unfilled positions were offered during SOAP. The following numbers of applicant types were eligible for the SOAP and accepted positions through SOAP in 2019.
By reviewing the data, it becomes obvious that obtaining a position through SOAP is not likely. Only 35% of the most successful group, senior U.S. allopathic students, obtained a position through SOAP.