More medical school seniors are choosing residencies in primary care, according to results released March 15 from the National Resident Matching Program. The number of U.S. students choosing primary care – internal medicine, family medicine, and pediatrics – rose by almost 400 during this year’s annual Match Day.
A total of 17,487 graduating seniors participated in the event, the largest to date with more than 40,000 registrants, including 1,000 more seniors from the U.S. “We attribute the rising number of U.S. students to three new medical schools graduating their first classes as well as enrollment expansions in existing medical schools,” said NRMP Executive Director Mona Signer.
The total number of positions offered in the Match was 29,171, an increase of 2,399 over last year and an all-time high. “The significant increase in positions was due to a change in NRMP policy that requires Match-participating programs to register and attempt to fill all positions in The Match,” Signer said.