IMG Performance in the 2017 Match

For the 15th 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 28,849 first-year positions were offered in the 2017 Match. This represents an increase of 989 positions compared to last year and an increase of more than 8,200 positions since 2002.

Compared to 2016, the number of international medical graduates (IMGs) who participated in the Match decreased by 435. While the number of IMGs who matched to first-year positions decreased by 47, the percentage of IMGs who matched increased. Of the 12,355 IMGs who participated in the 2017 Match, 6,591 (53.3%) matched. In the 2016 Match, 6,638 (51.9%) IMGs were matched to first-year positions. (The preceding data include a very small number of Fifth Pathway applicants who participated in the 2016 and 2017 Matches. For 2017, these data include two Fifth Pathway participants who are not represented in the data below.)

Of the 7,284 IMG participants who were not U.S. citizens, 3,814 (52.4%) obtained first-year positions. The number of non-U.S. citizen IMGs who obtained positions increased in 2017 for the sixth year in a row, this year by 45.

Of the 5,069 U.S. citizen IMG participants, 2,777 (54.8%) were matched to first-year positions, a decrease of 92 from last year. The number of U.S. citizen IMGs matching to first-year positions has increased in 12 of the last 14 Matches.

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: 2017 Main Residency Match® compiled by NRMP. These tables provide detailed information on the positions offered and filled by the Match in 2017 and prior years. To access these tables, or to obtain further information on NRMP, visit www.nrmp.org.

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 http://jama.jamanetwork.com/journal.aspx.

Charting Outcomes in the Match for International Medical Graduates (2nd Edition) Now Available

The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) has recently published the second edition of Charting Outcomes in the Match for International Medical Graduates: Characteristics of International Medical Graduates Who Matched to Their Preferred Specialty in the 2016 Main Residency Match.

The publication was compiled using data collected through the Main Residency Match®, such as Match success, specialty preference, and ranking information. Other data, such as USMLE® scores, were self-reported through the Professional Profile section of the NRMP’s Applicant Registration Form for the Match.

Charting Outcomes in the Match for International Medical Graduates can be viewed on the Main Residency Match Data page of the NRMP website.

ERAS 2017 Residency Tokens Now Available

Residency Tokens for the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) 2017 application season are now available through ECFMG’s On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS). You can use a 2017 Token to register with AAMC’s MyERAS beginning on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

If you plan to apply for U.S. residency positions that begin in July 2017, visit the ERAS Support Services section of the ECFMG website for important information and instructions on how to obtain an ERAS Token.

ERAS 2017 Program Information for IMGs Now Available

Information for international medical students/graduates on the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) 2017 application season is now available. If you plan to apply for U.S. residency positions that begin in July 2017, visit the ERAS Support Services section of the ECFMG website for important information. Most U.S. residency programs participate in ERAS. If you apply to participating programs, you must apply to these programs using ERAS.

At the ERAS Support Services section of the ECFMG website, you will be able to:

  • See an overview of the Application Process.
  • View instructions on how to obtain an ERAS Token, which will allow you to register at the MyERAS website of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and work on your residency applications.
  • Find instructions for submitting your supporting documents, such as letters of recommendation and transcripts.

All supporting documents must be submitted electronically. For more details, please refer to the “Upload Your Documents Now” e-mail that will be sent to you via the MyERAS Message Center after you have registered at MyERAS. ERAS Support Services will transmit your supporting documents to your ERAS application.

Residency Tokens for the ERAS 2017 application season are expected to be available through ECFMG’s On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS) beginning June 21, 2016. You can use a 2017 Token to register with AAMC’s MyERAS beginning June 21, 2016.

REMINDER: IMGs Participating in 2017 Match Should Apply for Step 2 CS Now

To participate in the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) Main Residency Match®, international medical students/graduates must have passed all exams required for ECFMG Certification. If you plan to participate in the 2017 Match (in March 2017) and still need to pass Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS), you should register now to take the examination.

To help ensure that your result will be available in time to participate in the 2017 Match, you must take Step 2 CS by December 31, 2016. If you do not register now and schedule soon, it is possible that you will not be able to obtain a test date in 2016. At the time of this writing, the earliest available test date at any test center is in September 2016.

The USMLE program also strongly encourages medical students/graduates to schedule their exams early to obtain a testing appointment this year.

If you register and schedule now, you can change your scheduled testing appointment (subject to availability) at no cost, provided you give notice of more than 14 days.

IMGs Participating in 2017 Match Should Apply for Step 2 CS Now

To participate in the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) Main Residency Match®, international medical students/graduates must have passed all exams required for ECFMG Certification. If you plan to participate in the 2017 Match (in March 2017) and still need to pass Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS), you should register now to take the examination.

To help ensure that your result will be available in time to participate in the 2017 Match, you must take Step 2 CS by December 31, 2016. If you do not register now and schedule soon, it is possible that you will not be able to obtain a test date in 2016.

The USMLE program also has issued a Scheduling Reminder for Step 2 CS, strongly encouraging medical students/graduates to schedule their exams early to obtain a testing appointment this year.

If you register and schedule now, you can change your scheduled testing appointment (subject to availability) at no cost, provided you give notice of more than 14 days.

Detailed information on the results reporting schedule for Step 2 CS is available on the ECFMG website.