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2013 Match Results Highlight Interest in Primary Care

How do graduating medical students choose their residency? How do hospitals select residents?

Through a process known as “The Match,” students interview at residency programs and the students and residency programs rank-order each other, and a computerized system matches students with residencies, maximizing the rank-order of each.

According to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and the American Osteopathic Association, which compiles match results of both allopathic (M.D.) and osteopathic (D.O.) graduating seniors, more residents than ever are matching into primary care specialties.

For graduating allopathic students, Internal Medicine and Family Medicine filled 6277 and 3037 positions, respectively. This represents 36 percent of applicants to the NRMP.[1]

Osteopathic primary care specialties in family medicine saw an 11 percent increase and internal medicine saw a 9 percent increase in matches compared to 2012.

Ensuring Michigan has enough primary care providers is essential to preserving access to health care for Michigan’s families. Increasing numbers of primary care residents is a critical component to keeping the pipeline of new providers open.


[1] Some graduating Osteopathic medical students enter the NRMP rather than the Osteopathic match program.



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