2006 MATCH PERFORMANCE - NUMBER OF IMGS MATCHING INCREASES > > For the fourth consecutive year, the number of first year (PGY-1) > residency positions offered through the Match increased. A total of > 21,659 first year positions were offered in the 2006 Match, held earlier > this month. This represents an increase of 205 positions compared to > last year and an increase of 1,057 positions since 2002. > > The number of IMGs who matched to first year positions increased by 152, > compared to 2005. Of the 8,877 IMGs who participated in the 2006 Match, > 4,382* (49.4%) matched. In the 2005 Match, 4,230 (55.3%) IMG > participants were matched to first year positions. > > There was an increase in the number of matches for both U.S. citizen > IMGs and IMGs who are citizens of other countries. > > Of the 6,442 IMG participants who were not U.S. citizens, 3,151 (48.9%) > obtained first year positions. The number of non-U.S. citizen IMGs who > obtained positions in 2006 increased by 64 compared to last year. This > is the fifth consecutive year that there has been an increase in the > number of non-U.S. citizen IMGs matching to first year positions. > > Of the 2,435 U.S. citizen IMG participants, 1,231 (50.6%) were matched > to first year positions, an increase of 88 over last year. This is the > third consecutive year that there has been an increase in the number of > U.S. citizen IMGs matching to first year positions. > > There were 51 Fifth Pathway participants in the 2006 Match. Of these 51 > participants, 22 (43.1%) were matched to first year positions. > > *Note: The total number of IMGs who will fill PGY-1 positions for the > 2006-2007 academic year will be higher than this number, since a > significant number of IMGs obtain PGY-1 positions outside of the Match. > > > ABOUT THE MATCH > > The annual NRMP Match is the system by which applicants are matched with > available residency positions in U.S. programs of graduate medical > education (GME). 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 typically for GME programs beginning the following July. > > > ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ON THE MATCH AND MATCH RESULTS > > The preceding data are taken from the Advanced Data Tables for 2006 Main > Residency Match compiled by the NRMP. These tables provide detailed > information on the positions offered and filled by the 2006 Match and > prior Match years. To access these tables, or to obtain further > information on the NRMP, visit www.nrmp.org. > > The June issue of Academic Medicine, the journal of the Association of > American Medical Colleges, usually offers an analysis of Match results > from the preceding March. For more information, visit your medical > school's library or www.academicmedicine.org. > > The September issue of JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical > Association traditionally provides 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.ama-assn.org. > > > ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION > > As an organization, ECFMG is committed to providing information on > issues of importance to international medical graduates. We realize that > many individuals would like updated information on developing issues > related to ECFMG Certification and entry into graduate medical education > in the United States. As a result, ECFMG has developed The ECFMG(r) > Reporter to provide international medical graduates worldwide with > timely, objective information on current topics of interest. It is our > hope that this newsletter will allow physicians educated outside the > United States and Canada to make informed choices on issues that shape > their careers. > > Previous issues of The ECFMG(r) Reporter are available on the ECFMG > website. Subsequent issues will be posted to the ECFMG website as they > are published. To access previous issues, visit the ECFMG website at > www.ecfmg.org/reporter. > > Interested individuals can join or leave The ECFMG(r) Reporter mailing > list at any time. To join or leave, visit The ECFMG Reporter home page > at www.ecfmg.org/reporter. > > Please do not reply to this message. Messages received at this address > will not receive responses. > > We hope you find these updates helpful. Thank you for your interest in > ECFMG. > > Copyright (c) 2006 by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical > Graduates (ECFMG(r)). All rights reserved.