For the eighth consecutive year, the number of first-year (PGY-1)
residency positions offered through the Match increased. A total of
22,809 first-year positions were offered in the 2010 Match, held earlier
this month. This represents an increase of 382 positions compared to
last year and an increase of more than 2,200 positions since 2002.
The number of IMGs, including Fifth Pathway participants, who matched to
first-year positions decreased by 110 compared to 2009. Of the 11,048
IMGs who participated in the 2010 Match, 4,686 (42.4%) matched. In the
2009 Match, 4,796 (43.7%) IMGs were matched to first-year positions.
Of the 7,246 IMG participants who were not U.S. citizens, 2,881 (39.8%)
obtained first-year positions. The number of non-U.S. citizen IMGs who
obtained positions in 2010 decreased by 231 compared to last year.
Of the 3,695 U.S. citizen IMG participants, 1,749 (47.3%) were matched
to first-year positions, an increase of 130 over last year. This is the
seventh consecutive year that there has been an increase in the number
of U.S. citizen IMGs matching to first-year positions.
Of the 107 Fifth Pathway participants in the Match, 56 (52.3%) were
matched to first-year positions, a decrease of 9 from last year.
It is important to note that the total number of IMGs, including Fifth
Pathway participants, who will fill PGY-1 positions for the 2010-2011
academic year will be higher than the number obtaining positions through
the 2010 Match. Although the majority of PGY-1 positions in the United
States are filled through the Match, a significant number of IMG
applicants obtain positions outside of the Match. For example, while
4,698 IMGs obtained PGY-1 positions through the 2008 Match, 7,276 IMGs
entered PGY-1 for the 2008-2009 academic year.
The 7,276 IMGs entering PGY-1 for the 2008-2009 academic year is an
increase of 51 over the prior year and an increase of 1,203 since the
2002-2003 academic year.