In a record year for the Match, ob.gyn. residencies filled 99.8% of their available positions in 2021, according to the National Resident Matching Program.
“Rather than faltering in these uncertain times, program fill rates increased across the board,” the NRMP said in a written statement. Overall, the 2021 Main Residency Match offered (35,194) and filled (33,353) more first-year (PGY-1) slots than ever before, for a fill rate of 94.8%, compared with 94.6% the year before.
The fill rate for obstetrics and gynecology was an even higher 99.8%, with 1,460 positions offered and 1,457 filled — each up 1.2% over 2020. Nearly 90% (1,313) of the available slots were given to U.S. seniors (MDs and DOs), while 6% went to international medical graduates (IMGs). The corresponding PGY-1 numbers for the Match as a whole were 70.4% U.S. and 21.1% international medical graduates, based on NRMP data.
Over the longer term, the number of positions offered in ob.gyn. residencies has increased by 172 (13.4%) since 2017, but that growth lags behind the Match as a whole, which has seen a 22% increase in available slots over the last 5 years, the NRMP said in the report.
“Concerns about the impact of virtual recruitment on applicants’ matching into PGY-1 positions were not realized,” the NRMP noted, as “growth in registration was seen in every applicant group.” Compared with 2020, submissions of rank-order lists of programs were up by 2.8% for U.S. MD seniors, 7.9% for U.S. DO seniors, 2.5% among U.S.-citizen IMGs, and 15.0% for non–U.S.-citizen IMGs.
“The application and recruitment cycle was upended as a result of the pandemic, yet the results of the Match continue to demonstrate strong and consistent outcomes for participants,” said Donna L. Lamb, DHSc, MBA, BSN, president and CEO of the NRMP.
This article originally appeared on MDedge.com, part of the Medscape Professional Network.