n March 18, the results of the 2016 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Match were announced. The preliminary numbers demonstrate that 2,396 osteopathic medical students/graduates successfully matched into first-year graduate medical education (GME) positions, which is 80.3 percent of DO students/active applicants from colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) in the United States. This represents both the highest number and highest percent of osteopathic medical students/active applicants that have ever matched in the NRMP. View the 2016 NRMP press release for additional details about this year’s NRMP preliminary match results.
The results of this preliminary data continue the growth trend we have seen for DOs over the past decade. For background, 79.3 percent of DO students/active applicants from COMs successfully matched into first-year GME positions in 2015. DO students have the unique option to participate in either the NRMP Match or the American Osteopathic Association’s Intern/Resident Registration Program Match (AOA Match) for placement into residency training programs. In recent years, more than 99 percent of graduating DO students have received placement into GME programs. Go here to view the 2015 Osteopathic Medicine Match results, learn about the match process, and download AACOM’s infographic.
A comprehensive report—which will include graduating student residency placement numbers from both AOA and ACGME programs—is expected to be released by AACOM in April 2016.