ASN Data Bytes: AY 2018 Nephrology Match - Déjà vu all over again

By Kurtis Pivert

December 6th was Match Day for nephrology, with overall results closely mirroring those from last year. A total of 285 of the 474 positions offered for appointment year (AY) 2018 were filled in the nephrology Match, part of the National Resident Matching Program’s (NRMP’s) Medical Specialties Matching Program.

While overall results in this year’s Match—60.1% of fellowships and 42.3% of training programs filled—were flat to AY 2017, there were some notable changes. There was a strong increase in U.S. MDs matching in nephrology—up 42% over last year (91 compared with 64 in AY 2017)—halting a five-year decline. However, after a rebound in last year’s Match, numbers of International Medical Graduates (IMGs) matching in nephrology declined 16% in AY 2018 (Figure 1). Matched osteopathic graduates remained the same (34 in both AY 2017 and AY 2018); however, numbers of U.S. graduates of international medical schools (U.S. IMGs) matching in nephrology were down 9%. Nearly all (96.1%) candidates preferring nephrology matched in the specialty (Figure 2).

Figure 1. Matched Nephrology Fellows by Education Status AY 2009–AY 2018

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Source: National Resident Matching Program. http://www.nrmp.org/fellowship-match-data/. CAN = Canadian; Fifth = Fifth Pathway.

Figure 2: Percentage of Applicants Preferring Nephrology Matched AY 2009–AY 2018

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Source: National Resident Matching Program. http://www.nrmp.org/fellowship-match-data/.

Yet the trend of unfilled nephrology tracks (94 of 163 offered) continued in AY 2018, and unfilled fellowship positions (189 of 474 offered) increased slightly, despite the total number of slots offered barely changing. This may reflect the “zero sum” of (at least) two training programs in the process of closing and two new programs recently receiving initial accreditation.

An ASN Data Brief analyzing the preliminary results of the AY 2018 nephrology Match is available at https://www.asn-online.org/workforce. Questions about the ASN Data Brief, AY 2018 Match, or ASN's ongoing nephrology workforce research? Contact workforce@asn-online.org.

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December 6th was Match Day for nephrology, with overall results closely mirroring those from last year. A total of 285 of the 474 positions offered for appointment year (AY) 2018 were filled in the nephrology Match, part of the National Resident Matching Program’s (NRMP’s) Medical Specialties Matching Program.

While overall results in this year’s Match—60.1% of fellowships and 42.3% of training programs filled—were flat to AY 2017, there were some notable changes. There was a strong increase in U.S. MDs matching in nephrology—up 42% over last year (91 compared with 64 in AY 2017)—halting a five-year decline. However, after a rebound in last year’s Match, numbers of International Medical Graduates (IMGs) matching in nephrology declined 16% in AY 2018 (Figure 1). Matched osteopathic graduates remained the same (34 in both AY 2017 and AY 2018); however, numbers of U.S. graduates of international medical schools (U.S. IMGs) matching in nephrology were down 9%. Nearly all (96.1%) candidates preferring nephrology matched in the specialty (Figure 2).

Figure 1. Matched Nephrology Fellows by Education Status AY 2009–AY 2018

2017-12-07_ASN-Data-Brief_AY-2018-Nephrology-Match_Fig11.png

Source: National Resident Matching Program. http://www.nrmp.org/fellowship-match-data/. CAN = Canadian; Fifth = Fifth Pathway.

Figure 2: Percentage of Applicants Preferring Nephrology Matched AY 2009–AY 2018

2017-12-05_ASN-Data-Brief_AY-2018-Nephrology-Match_Fig2.png

Source: National Resident Matching Program. http://www.nrmp.org/fellowship-match-data/.

Yet the trend of unfilled nephrology tracks (94 of 163 offered) continued in AY 2018, and unfilled fellowship positions (189 of 474 offered) increased slightly, despite the total number of slots offered barely changing. This may reflect the “zero sum” of (at least) two training programs in the process of closing and two new programs recently receiving initial accreditation.

An ASN Data Brief analyzing the preliminary results of the AY 2018 nephrology Match is available at https://www.asn-online.org/workforce. Questions about the ASN Data Brief, AY 2018 Match, or ASN's ongoing nephrology workforce research? Contact workforce@asn-online.org.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017