A higher number than ever of medical school graduates participated in the Match this year, but fewer of them are entering family practice and the other primary care specialities of OB-GYN and pediatrics according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. A few stats:
- A record number of students (27,944) applied for a record number of residency positions (21,845) this year. 15,206 were seniors in American allopathic medical schools.
- Ninety-three percent of the seniors who applied for residency positions were matched, and 84 percent of the matched students ended up in one of their top three choices.
- The number of family-medicine residency positions offered — 2,603 this year — has dropped annually since 1998, when 3,292 positions were available.
- Only 15% of this year’s residency applicants selected primary-care programs in pediatrics, internal medicine or family medicine.
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