IMG Performance in the 2014 Match

For the twelfth consecutive year, the number of first-year (PGY-1) residency positions offered through the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) Main Residency Match® increased. A total of 26,678 first-year positions were offered in the 2014 Match. This represents an increase of 540 positions compared to last year and an increase of more than 6,000 positions since 2002.

The number of IMGs who matched to first-year positions increased by 106 compared to 2013. Of the 12,482 IMGs who participated in the 2014 Match, 6,357 (50.9%) matched. In the 2013 Match, 6,251 (49.3%) IMGs were matched to first-year positions.  Of the 7,334 IMG participants who were not U.S. citizens, 3,633 (49.5%) obtained first-year positions. The number of non-U.S. citizen IMGs who obtained positions in 2014 increased for the third year in a row, this year by 77. Of the 5,133 U.S. citizen IMG participants, 2,722 (53.0%) were matched to first-year positions, an increase of 31 over last year.

This is the eleventh consecutive year that there has been an increase in the number of U.S. citizen IMGs matching to first-year positions. The total number of IMGs who will fill PGY-1 positions for the 2014-2015 academic year may be higher than the number obtaining positions through the 2014 Match. Although the majority of PGY-1 positions in the United States are filled through the Match, in past years a significant number of IMG applicants obtained positions outside the Match. For example, while 4,886 IMGs obtained PGY-1 positions through the 2012 Match, 7,117 IMGs entered PGY-1 for the 2012-2013 academic year.