2017 Match results: Pediatrics continues to be strong choice – AAP News

Results of the largest Match on record show that pediatrics continued its tradition
of being a strong choice for the thousands of medical school students and graduates
who found out on March 17 where they will train for the next three to seven years.

Pediatrics filled 98% of all positions offered, with categorical pediatrics’ fill
rate at 98.4%. U.S. senior allopathic medical students filled 66.8% of all offered
pediatric positions.

“This is one of the most exciting days of the year for pediatrics and a day the AAP
family and I enjoy welcoming the newest future pediatricians and members,” said AAP
CEO/Executive Vice President Karen Remley, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., FAAP. “The future
continues to be bright for pediatrics, as evidenced by the high fill rate for our
specialty.”

Christian D. Pulcini, M.D., M.Ed., M.P.H., chair of the AAP Section on Pediatric Trainees,
commented on the high match rate in pediatrics: “This is a wonderful confirmation
of how robust and attractive the field of pediatrics remains among medical trainees.
I look forward to so many wonderful individuals joining our field and discovering
the richest life experience: the opportunity to improve the health and well-being
of children each and every day.”

Internal medicine-pediatrics (med-peds), which is celebrating its 50th anniversary
as a combined specialty, filled 93.4% of the 381 positions offered.

“Med-peds continues to attract allopathic seniors at a very high rate (76%) compared
to other primary care specialties,” said Allen R. Friedland, M.D., FAAP, former chair
of the AAP Section on Medicine-Pediatrics Executive Committee and a member of the
AAP Committee on Pediatric Education.

Other primary care specialties did well in the 2017 Match, too. This year, internal
medicine filled 97.8% of positions offered, family medicine filled 95.8% and obstetrics
and gynecology filled 100%.

This year, the National Resident Matching Program reported a record-high 35,969 U.S.
and international medical school students and graduates vying for 31,757 positions.

Although the number of Match registrants was the most ever, the increase was due primarily
to growth in U.S. allopathic medical school seniors and student/graduates of U.S.
osteopathic medical schools.

Results of the Match are watched closely, as they can be predictors of changes in
physician workforce supply.

Dr. Guralnick is chair of the AAP Committee on Pediatric Education.  

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