Despite the pandemic, Match Day 2021 was the largest on record, and while the number of dermatology positions offered declined slightly from 2020, more positions were filled than were last year, according to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
Available dermatology PGY-2 slots fell by 0.2% from 478 in 2020 to 477 in 2021, but 471 slots were filled in 2021, 2 more than last year, for an increase of 0.4%. The overall fill rate was 98.7% in 2021, with 86.6% being filled by U.S. graduates. Just under 88% of filled positions went to MD and DO seniors.
While Match Day 2021 set a record for positions offered and filled at 38,106 slots and 36,179, respectively, an overall total of 2,699 PGY-2 slots were offered in 2021, which is a decrease of 1.6% from last year’s total of 2,742 slots. Of the available PGY-2 slots, 97.6% were filled in 2021, compared with 96.6% in 2020.
“The NRMP is honored to have delivered a strong Match to the many applicants pursuing their dreams of medicine. We admire all the Match participants for their hard work and their commitment to train and serve alongside their peers. 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,” Donna L. Lamb, DHSc, MBA, BSN, NRMP President and CEO, said in a press release.
This article originally appeared on MDedge.com, part of the Medscape Professional Network.