For many students across the country, this is going to be a big weekend. In addition to St. Patrick’s Day festivities, over 30,000 medical students will also celebrate Match Day 2018.
Congratulations to all the medical school graduates who just learned where they will spend the next several years training at residency programs around the United States! There were 33,167 positions filled, the most ever offered in the Match according to the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP). This year’s 2018 Main Residency Match had 1,383 more positions than in 2017. One major contributing factor was the monumental increase of U.S. osteopathic medical school graduates. The NRMP expects the number of matches to continue to rise.
Match Day is considered by many to be more exciting than graduation day, as medical schools across the country hold special reveal events. NRMP simultaneously releases match results based on medical students’ top specialty program choices, which the applicants’ rank on best fit, interview experience and location. If an applicant did not match, they have an opportunity to obtain an unfilled position through the Match Week Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program®(SOAP®).
Your hard work and commitment as a medical student is rewarded as you take the next step in your journey toward practicing medicine. Friends, family, faculty and other trusted advisors will continue to support you throughout your residency and fellowship training experience. When you are ready to navigate the best options for your medical practice, check out our resources and reach out to experienced recruiters you can trust. We wish you the best of luck and a long career.