2018 NRMP Results Show Record Highs for DO Students

March 19, 2018

The results of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP®) Match were announced Friday, March 16. Of the 4,617 U.S. osteopathic medical students and previous graduates who participated, 3,771 were matched into first year positions (PGY-1) resulting in a match rate of 81.7 percent. This year, 1,027 more participated in the NRMP Match compared to 2017, and 838 more were matched. The number of osteopathic medical students and graduates seeking positions in the NRMP Match is up 68.6 percent since 2014.

On February 5, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) released preliminary results of its 2018 AOA Intern/Resident Registration Program Match. A total of 1,954 osteopathic medical students and previous graduates successfully matched to osteopathic graduate medical education (GME) positions. Those who are not yet matched to a GME program can still be placed into current open slots in the AOA scramble or post-match, which is taking place on an ongoing basis. The final osteopathic medical school GME placement results are expected to be available by the end of April.

Osteopathic participation in the NRMP Match is expected to grow due to the transition to the single accreditation system for graduate medical education (GME). By 2020,the AOA will cease GME accreditation and former AOA programs will be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The last AOA Match, which will be administered by the National Matching Service (NMS), is expected to be held in 2019.

This year, as a result of the single GME accreditation system transition, the number of previously AOA-accredited programs participating in the NRMP Match increased dramatically—a total of 764 positions, compared to 166 positions in 2017.

“The continued growth in osteopathic medical graduates who successfully match will result in more physicians entering the health care workforce helping to address the current physician workforce shortage, especially in rural and urban underserved areas,” said AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH. “The growth in osteopathic program participation in the NRMP indicates significant progress in the transition to the single GME accreditation system, as programs achieve ACGME accreditation and can then participate in the NRMP Match. AACOM continues to urge Congress to lift the federal cap on residency positions and invest in GME which is critical to ensure the stability and continuity of both the nation’s medical residency training programs that produce future physicians and the health care system that provides care to our nation’s citizens.”

The 2018 NRMP Match was the largest in NRMP history with almost 44,000 registrant applicants, both allopathic and osteopathic, competing for more than 33,000 GME positions. View the NRMP 2018 Advance Data Report for additional details about this year’s NRMP results.


The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) represents the 34 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 51 teaching locations in 32 states. In the current academic year, these colleges are educating nearly 29,000 future physicians—more than 20 percent of all U.S. medical students. Six of the colleges are public and 28 are private institutions.

AACOM was founded in 1898 to support and assist the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. AACOM’s mission is to promote excellence in osteopathic medical education, in research and in service, and to foster innovation and quality among osteopathic medical colleges to improve the health of the American public.


Vol. 2, No. 6
March 22, 2018