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ACOM, in collaboration with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME), compiled the Osteopathic GME Match Report for the 2014 Match to support osteopathic medical students in their specialty selection and participation in the osteopathic graduate medical education (GME) match program. The report may also provide useful data for the colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs), osteopathic GME programs, and others interested in OME programs, policies, and processes related to GME and specialty choice.

First-Choice Factors

2014 GME Match ReportProduced every other year, the report provides information on academic and other characteristics of DO students who matched to their first choice specialties in the 2014 AOA GME match. Highlighted in the report are factors that may influence match success. Of all participants in the 2014 osteopathic GME Match (2,696), 70 percent (1,887) of all match participants matched to their first choice.

Several data elements that are collected in the osteopathic GME match application may impact the likelihood of match to first-choice specialty including:

  • Research experiences
  • Volunteer experiences
  • Work experiences
  • Publications
  • Sigma Sigma Phi Membership
  • Number of Contiguous Designations of First-Choice Specialty
  • COMLEX-USA Data

The report is available for download after providing contact information. For more on this and other new osteopathic medical education research, visit AACOM’s Special Reports web page. Questions and comments should be directed to the principal author, AACOM Vice President of Research Tom Levitan, MEd, tlevitan@aacom.org.

For more information and to view other AACOM reports, visit AACOM’s Reports web page.