Match Day 2020
Due to efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, this year’s Match Day lacked the fanfare of prior year’s events, but the most exciting part for students and their families remained intact. At midday on March 20, during the Match Day coordinated by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), approximately 100 students from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry learned where they’re headed for their residencies.
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Notable matched institutions:
- University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
- Duke University Medical Center
- Baylor College of Medicine
- Yale-New Haven Hospital
- Massachusetts General
- Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
“What that really says is that the great thing about the University of Rochester is that all kinds of people can come and train here and they can choose whatever career they want and they can be successful,” said David R. Lambert, M.D., senior associate dean for medical student education.
Another notable change in the 2020 Match Day: it marked the first time that all allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) applicants participated in one matching program.
The “Single Match” comes after the creation of a single accreditation system developed by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2014, those organizations approved an agreement to recognize the ACGME as the primary accrediting body for graduate medical education programs by 2020. As part of that transition, the AOA Match ended in 2019. The "Single Match" was a factor in 2020 Main Residency Match being the largest in NRMP history.
Additional Match Day highlights, from NRMP:
- The total number of Match registrants was the highest ever at 44,959.
- The number of U.S. MD seniors who submitted program choices was a record-high 19,326, an increase of 401 over 2019; 18,108 (93.7%) matched to first-year positions, the highest number ever. The 94 percent PGY-1 match rate for U.S. MD seniors has been consistent for many years.
- The number of U.S. citizen international medical school students and graduates (IMGs) who submitted program choices was 5,167, an increase of 87 over 2019; 61 percent (3,154) matched to PGY-1 positions, representing the highest match rate since 1991.
- The number of non-U.S. citizen IMGs who participated in the Match increased slightly, breaking a three-year trend of decline. In 2020, 6,907 IMGs submitted program choices, up 38 from 2019. Furthermore, 4,222 IMGs (61.1%) matched to first-year positions, which is 2.5 percentage points higher than 2019 and the highest match rate since 1990.