Fewer seniors from United States allopathic medical schools are filling pathology residency positions in the Main Residency Match, 2008-2017

Ryan Philip Jajosky, Audrey N. Jajosky, Daniel T. Kleven, Gurmukh Singh

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Abstract

Some pathologists have observed that fewer trainees from US medical schools are entering pathology residency. This trend was measured and further explored using Main Residency Match (MRM) data from 2008 to 2017, obtained from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Over the past decade, there was an increase of 93 (508 in 2008 versus 601 in 2017, an 18.3% increase) pathology positions offered in the MRM. However, the proportion of pathology residency positions filled in the MRM which were taken by trainees from US medical schools decreased from 77.7% to 50.1% over this timespan. This was primarily due to fewer seniors from US allopathic medical schools filling pathology positions in the MRM (298 in 2008 versus 216 in 2017, a 27.5% decrease). Compared to 14 other medical specialties, pathology had the largest decline in the proportion of residency positions filled in the MRM which were taken by seniors from US allopathic medical schools (63.8% in 2008 versus 39.6% in 2017). Furthermore, pathology now has the lowest percentage of residency positions filled in the MRM, which were taken by seniors from US allopathic medical schools. The primary reason for this decline was because fewer seniors from US allopathic medical schools participated in the MRM for pathology positions (326 in 2008 versus 232 in 2017, a 28.8% decrease); however, the underlying reasons for this decline are unknown. In conclusion, over the past decade, substantially fewer seniors from US allopathic medical schools sought/filled pathology residency positions in the MRM. These findings are relevant for pathology residency recruitment, especially in the context of a projected decline in US pathologist workforce.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-32
Number of pages7
JournalHuman Pathology
Volume73
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018

Keywords

  • American medical schools
  • Main residency match
  • Medical students
  • National resident matching program
  • Pathology careers
  • Pathology residency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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