Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education

(Source: AOA 2011 summary reports released February 2011)

In the 2011 American Osteopathic Association (AOA) match, 2,212 individuals, (52.3 percent of the 4,228 expected osteopathic medical school graduates), participated in the National Matching Service (NMS). Of those participants, 1,640 matched into desired residencies.

The match rate for those participating in the match was 74.1 percent.  This does not include the 254 graduates who participated in the military match or prior year graduates participating in the 2011 match, nor does it include any post-match placements. In total, 1,894 expected 2011 DO graduates matched into osteopathic residencies or military programs. This represents 44.8 percent of expected 2011 graduates.

Of the 1,640 expected DO graduates who matched in the NMS match, 731 matched in the primary care specialties of Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Pediatrics (not including various combined programs).  This represents 45 percent of all osteopathic graduate medical education (GME) matches, a percentage that has steadily increased over the last three years.

DO Grads in NRMP (ACGME)

(Source: NRMP, Results and Data: 2011 Main Residency Match, April 2011)

A total of 2,178 expected 2011 DO graduates and prior year graduates participated in the 2011 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).  Of those, 1,561, or 71.67 percent, matched.  This is the most successful match percentage going back over the last decade for which data are available, although the percentage of DO graduates successfully matching in the NRMP match has consistently hovered around 70 percent.



Of the 1,561 expected and prior year DO graduates matching in the NRMP match, 857 (54.9 percent) matched into the primary care specialties of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine (categorical), Medicine-Family Medicine, Medicine-Pediatrics, Medicine Primary, Pediatrics, and Pediatrics-Primary.


This year’s match demonstrates osteopathic medical education’s continuing contribution to the primary care workforce. Osteopathic medical school graduates are entering primary care in large numbers, helping to mitigate current and future primary care physician shortages.

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