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.

Register Now! AMA-ECFMG Webinar: “No Poster, No Publication, No Problem”

“No Poster, No Publication, No Problem”
An AMA-IMGS and ECFMG Webinar
Wednesday, July 9 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Are you a medical student or graduate who is conducting original research or has an interesting case report (resident/fellow and ECFMG-certified participants only) and would like to submit an abstract and poster for the 12th Annual AMA Research Symposium? Would you like tips from previous symposium winners on how they set themselves apart from the rest? Do you want to increase your attractiveness to residency programs by showcasing your research, clinical vignette, or case at a national research symposium?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we invite you to join other medical students and graduates (medical students, residents/fellows, and ECFMG-certified IMGs awaiting a residency) to hear Dr. Rashi Aggarwal from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Aggarwal will give an overview of the do’s and don’ts when writing and submitting an abstract and creating a poster for the AMA Research Symposium, which is being held on November 7 in Dallas, Texas. Additional panelists will share their tips for abstract submission, poster and podium presentations, as well as answer your questions. There will be an opportunity to submit questions in advance of the webinar and to submit questions during the webinar.

Registration is free but is limited. Please register by visiting https://ecfmgevents.webex.com/ecfmgevents/onstage/g.php?d=660139979&t=a and send your advance questions to echo@ecfmg.org or img@ama-assn.org.

Now Available: New ECHO Resources for ECFMG-certified Physicians

Each month, the ECFMG Certificate Holders Office (ECHO) publishes free resources for ECFMG-certified physicians, and those about to be certified, who are planning their careers.

ECHO is pleased to announce that the following are now available.

  • Did you know that the U.S. Army offers expedited U.S. citizenship for eligible physicians? We reached out to Army recruiting experts to learn more about the Army’s Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program. Learn what MAVNI, and life as an Army physician, may have to offer you in Ask the Experts: MAVNI – Expedited U.S. Citizenship for Eligible Physicians.
  • Curious about how IMGs in the 2013 Match performed? View a report based on some of the data available from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP, or “The Match”) and from some of the IMGs who participated in the process.

In addition to providing valuable resources, ECHO offers certified physicians ways to stay connected with ECFMG and its expertise. Through ECHO, certified physicians can also connect with information from other organizations and experts, and each other. ECHO offers new ways for certified physicians to communicate with ECFMG, for example, by participating in ECHO’s surveys and sending feedback to ECHO.

For more information, visit the ECHO section of the ECFMG website at www.ecfmg.org/echo.

Now Available: New ECHO Resources for ECFMG-certified Physicians

Each month, the ECFMG Certificate Holders Office (ECHO) publishes free resources for ECFMG-certified physicians, and those about to be certified, who are planning their careers.

ECHO is pleased to announce that the following are now available.

  • Those of you beginning the process of applying for a U.S. residency to start in July 2014 know you have much to do. ECHO is here to help with an interactive 2014 Residency Application Process Timeline highlighting some of the most important things you need to do and when you need to do them throughout the application cycle.
  • Are you just beginning your U.S. residency? Did you know that ECHO has a number of resources to help you learn more about the U.S. graduate medical education (GME) system? A Day in the Life, One Dozen Things, and our different Ask the Experts features are just a few of our ECHO Resources which can help you as you familiarize yourself with the U.S. GME and health care systems.
  • Want to know about your fellow ECFMG-certified physicians? Among the surveys we conduct from time to time was our recent inquiry aimed at finding out more about the physicians using ECHO. Why not check out the Detailed Survey Results from Getting to Know You to learn more about your fellow ECHO users?
  • Are you ECFMG-certified and awaiting a U.S. residency? If so, you might consider participating in a survey that the American Medical Association (AMA) is conducting. The survey is designed to better understand some of the characteristics and burdens of international medical graduates who are waiting to start a residency program in the United States.

In addition to providing valuable resources, ECHO offers certified physicians ways to stay connected with ECFMG and its expertise. Through ECHO, certified physicians can also connect with information from other organizations and experts, and each other. ECHO offers new ways for certified physicians to communicate with ECFMG, for example, by participating in ECHO’s surveys and sending feedback to ECHO.

For more information, visit the ECHO section of the ECFMG website at www.ecfmg.org/echo.

Now Available: New ECHO Resources for ECFMG-certified Physicians

Each month, the ECFMG Certificate Holders Office (ECHO) publishes free resources for ECFMG-certified physicians, and those about to be certified, who are planning their careers.

ECHO is pleased to announce that the following are now available.

  • Teaching is an essential part of residency training in the United States. Whether in the classroom or at the patient’s bedside, there are multiple opportunities for education. We reached out to an expert teacher to find out more about what you need to know about teaching and learning at the bedside. Discover more in Ask the Experts: Ten Tips for Effective Bedside Teaching.
  • Having strong letters of recommendation can be extremely helpful to your application for residency. With the 2014 residency application season upon us, be sure to check out Asking for a Letter of Recommendation (LoR) for a look at who to ask, how to ask, and what information can be helpful for you and your letter writer.

In addition to providing valuable resources, ECHO offers certified physicians ways to stay connected with ECFMG and its expertise. Through ECHO, certified physicians can also connect with information from other organizations and experts, and each other. ECHO offers new ways for certified physicians to communicate with ECFMG, for example, by participating in ECHO’s monthly surveys and sending feedback to ECHO.

For more information, visit the ECHO section of the ECFMG website at www.ecfmg.org/echo.

Now Available: New ECHO Resources for ECFMG-certified Physicians

Each month, the ECFMG Certificate Holders Office (ECHO) publishes free resources for ECFMG-certified physicians, and those about to be certified, who are planning their careers.

ECHO is pleased to announce that the following are now available.

  • Have you wondered how physicians can use social media appropriately? We reached out to Humayun J. Chaudhry, D.O., an expert on the topic of social media to find out more about how physicians can use social media while maintaining their professionalism. As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) of the United States, Inc., Dr. Chaudhry provides valuable insights into this issue. Learn more in Ask the Experts: Physicians and Appropriate Use of Social Media.
  • The results of the 2013 National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) Main Residency Match are in!  Are you curious about how IMGs performed? Check out IMG Performance in the 2013 Match for data at a glance and links to where you can learn more about the results.
  • The Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPICSM) is a powerful, new on-line tool from ECFMG. EPIC enables you to create a digital portfolio of your primary-source verified credentials related to your medical education, training, and registration/licensure. Through EPIC, you can send reports demonstrating the authenticity of your credentials to any organization, anywhere in the world, throughout your career. View our resource Introducing EPICSM ―A Powerful and Innovative Career Development Tool for the World’s Physicians to learn more about the special benefits EPIC has for ECFMG-certified physicians.

In addition to providing valuable resources, ECHO offers certified physicians ways to stay connected with ECFMG and its expertise. Through ECHO, certified physicians can also connect with information from other organizations and experts, and each other. ECHO offers new ways for certified physicians to communicate with ECFMG, for example, by participating in ECHO’s monthly surveys and sending feedback to ECHO.

For more information, visit the ECHO section of the ECFMG website at www.ecfmg.org/echo.

Now Available: New ECHO Resources for ECFMG-certified Physicians

Each month, the ECFMG Certificate Holders Office (ECHO) publishes free resources for ECFMG-certified physicians, and those about to be certified, who are planning their careers.

ECHO is pleased to announce that the following are now available.

  • A Preview of ECFMG’s EPICSM: ECFMG is about to launch a new service, the Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC). EPIC is a powerful career development tool for the world’s physicians, allowing them to build a web-based portfolio of their primary-source verified medical credentials and to request that their credentials, and reports verifying the credentials’ authenticity, be sent electronically to any organization, anywhere in the world. EPIC launches in April, but we want you to know about it now, since EPIC offers special benefits for ECFMG-certified physicians. Visit Introducing EPIC to learn more.
  • Focus on Trends in Medical Education: Are you following trends in the dynamic field of medical education? Have you thought about how these trends may affect your medical career? We’ve selected some peer-reviewed research publications on: funding for graduate medical education, medical workforce issues, and international medical education to help you stay up-to-date on these essential topics. Learn more about them in Published Research on Trends in Medical Education.

In addition to providing valuable resources, ECHO offers certified physicians ways to stay connected with ECFMG and its expertise. Through ECHO, certified physicians can also connect with information from other organizations and experts, and each other. ECHO also offers new ways for certified physicians to communicate with ECFMG, for example, by participating in ECHO’s monthly surveys and sending feedback to ECHO.

For more information, visit the ECHO section of the ECFMG website at www.ecfmg.org/echo.

Now Available: ECHO’s January Resources for ECFMG-certified Physicians

Each month, the ECFMG Certificate Holders Office (ECHO) publishes free resources for ECFMG-certified physicians, and those about to be certified, who are planning their careers.

ECHO is pleased to announce the following new resources for January.

  • Match Week is quickly approaching, and it is time to put the potential training programs you interviewed with in order and then submit your rank order list to the NRMP®. Besides reflecting on your interviews with these programs and where you would most like to train, there is much to consider, such as deadlines, policies, and procedures. Visit our new resource NRMP Rank Order Lists: Some Important Considerations to find out more about this process.
  • Do you know what to do if you find out you are unmatched for 2013? We asked the executive director of the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP) to explain the organization’s Supplemental Offer and Acceptance ProgramSM (SOAP SM) that was put into place to help unmatched applicants find unfilled positions during Match week. Read all about it in Ask the Experts: NRMP’s Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP).

In addition to providing valuable resources, ECHO offers certified physicians ways to stay connected with ECFMG and its expertise. Through ECHO, certified physicians can also connect with information from other organizations and experts, and each other. ECHO offers new ways for certified physicians to communicate with ECFMG, for example, by participating in ECHO’s monthly surveys and sending feedback to ECHO.

For more information, visit the ECHO section of the ECFMG website at www.ecfmg.org/echo.

Now Available: ECHO’s December Resources for ECFMG-certified Physicians

Each month, the ECFMG Certificate Holders Office (ECHO) publishes free resources for ECFMG-certified physicians, and those about to be certified, who are planning their careers.

ECHO is pleased to announce the following new resources for December.

  • Just because your residency interviews are over doesn’t mean the opportunities to make a good impression are. Following your interviews, but before your Match results are revealed, there are various ways in which you can enhance your standing with residency program directors. Visit our new resource Communicating with Programs after the Interview to find out how.
  • Do you know what it means for programs to be “All-In” for the 2013 Match? We asked the executive director of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) to explain the organization’s new policy. Read all about it in Ask the Experts: The NRMP’s New “All-In” Policy.

In addition to providing valuable resources, ECHO offers certified physicians ways to stay connected with ECFMG and its expertise. Through ECHO, certified physicians can also connect with information from other organizations and experts, and each other. ECHO offers new ways for certified physicians to communicate with ECFMG, for example, by participating in ECHO’s monthly surveys and sending feedback to ECHO.

For more information, visit the ECHO section of the ECFMG website at www.ecfmg.org/echo.

Now Available: ECHO’s November Resources for ECFMG-certified Physicians

Each month, the ECFMG Certificate Holders Office (ECHO) publishes free resources for ECFMG-certified physicians, and those about to be certified, who are planning their careers.

ECHO is pleased to announce the following new resources for November.

In addition to providing valuable resources, ECHO offers certified physicians ways to stay connected with ECFMG and its expertise. Through ECHO, certified physicians can also connect with information from other organizations and experts, and each other. ECHO offers new ways for certified physicians to communicate with ECFMG, for example, by participating in ECHO’s monthly surveys and sending feedback to ECHO.

For more information, visit the ECHO section of the ECFMG website at www.ecfmg.org/echo.