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IMG Performance in the 2015 Match
March 27, 2015
Filed under: ECFMG Certification, General

For the 13th consecutive year, the number of first-year (PGY-1) residency positions offered through the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) Main Residency Match® increased. A total of 27,293 first-year positions were offered in the 2015 Match. This represents an increase of 615 positions compared to last year and an increase of more than 6,600 positions since 2002.

Compared to 2014, the number of international medical graduates (IMGs) who participated in the Match decreased by 95, and the number of IMGs who matched to first-year positions decreased by 55. Of the 12,387 IMGs who participated in the 2015 Match, 6,302 (50.9%) matched. In the 2014 Match, 6,357 (50.9%) IMGs were matched to first-year positions. (The preceding data include a small number of Fifth Pathway applicants who participated in the 2014 and 2015 Matches. For 2015, these data include seven Fifth Pathway participants who are not represented in the data below.)

Of the 7,366 IMG participants who were not U.S. citizens, 3,641 (49.4%) obtained first-year positions. The number of non-U.S. citizen IMGs who obtained positions in 2015 increased for the fourth year in a row, this year by eight.

Of the 5,014 U.S. citizen IMG participants, 2,660 (53.1%) were matched to first-year positions, a decrease of 62 from last year. This decrease marks an end to 11 consecutive years which saw increases in the number of U.S. citizen IMGs matching to first-year positions.

About the Match

The annual NRMP Match is the system by which applicants are matched with available residency positions in U.S. graduate medical education (GME) programs. Participants submit to the NRMP a list of residency programs, in order of preference. Ranked lists of preferred residency candidates are likewise submitted by U.S. GME programs with available positions. The matching of applicants to available positions is performed by computer algorithm. The Match results announced in March of each year are for GME programs that typically begin the following July.

Additional Resources on the Match and Match Results

The preceding Match data are based on the Advance Data Tables: 2015 Main Residency Match® compiled by NRMP. These tables provide detailed information on the positions offered and filled by the Match in 2015 and prior years. To access these tables, or to obtain further information on NRMP, visit

In December of each year, JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association traditionally publishes an in-depth analysis of graduate medical education in the United States. This analysis includes the number of IMGs entering and continuing in U.S. GME programs and a breakdown of IMG resident physicians by specialty and subspecialty. Visit your medical school’s library or

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