NRMP is pleased to announce the availability of a new data tool to assist Match applicants in determining their goodness of fit for specialties. Interactive Charting Outcomes in the Match has been built using data visualization software and draws from the same data sources as the NRMP’s publication Charting Outcomes in the Match. Two versions are available based on examination preference. PDF copies of the 2018 Charting Outcomes in the Match reports can be viewed on the NRMP’s Residency Data and Reports page.
The Interactive Charting Outcomes in the Match tool best viewed on a desktop computer or tablet.
- Only specialties that offered 50 or more positions in the Main Residency Match are included.
- With the exception of applicant type, all applicant characteristics are self-reported. U.S. allopathic and osteopathic medical schools have verified most USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK scores and COMLEX-USA Level 1 and Level 2-CE scores for U.S. allopathic and osteopathic seniors and graduates. Other scores, primarily for students and graduates of international medical schools, (IMGs) have not been verified.
- In both versions of the data tool, COMLEX-USA Level 1 and Level 2-CE scores are available only for years 2016-2018. The 2016 scores were provided by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.
- Not all applicants provided information or gave the NRMP permission to use their data in research; accordingly, missing data exist in all characteristics.
- USE GOOD JUDGMENT. This tool uses data from past Matches and is NOT designed to predict success or failure in the Match.
- Data become less representative and may not be helpful if the criteria are refined too narrowly and the sample size becomes very small.
HOW TO USE THE INTERACTIVE CHARTING OUTCOMES IN THE MATCH:
The tool consists of three components:
- Component 1, the right-hand column, allows applicants to identify a specialty of interest, set the size of the database using a range of Match years, and enter characteristics using a variety of filters. Many of the filters allow for the selection of multiple options, so it is recommended that applicants include all options less than or equal to the intended value. For example, to filter the data based on 7 publications, check “no publications,” “less than 3,” “3-5,” and “5-10.” The “Reset Filters” button can be used at any time to clear the filters.
- Components 2 and 3, the charts, present the data based on the numbers and percentages of applicants matched to the specialty by their United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 scores. On the Interactive Charting Outcomes in the Match for Students/Graduates of Osteopathic Medical Schools, the data are based on the numbers and percentages of applicants matched to the specialty by their Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination of the United States (COMLEX-USA) Level 1 scores.
- The top chart shows the numbers of matched applicants in green and the numbers of unmatched applicants in red.
- The bottom chart computes the percentages of matched applicants using the numbers in Component 2.
The sizes of the dots in both charts reflect the magnitude of the data points. By hovering the mouse over any data point, the data point will be highlighted within the same USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX-USA Level 1 score range. The “tooltip” pop-up provides some basic information on the data point.
APPLICANT CHARACTERISTIC FIELDS: DEFINITIONS
- Preferred specialty: The specialty of the first program on the rank order list. An applicant does not have a preferred specialty when 1) a preliminary program is ranked first or 2) as part of a couple, the applicant selects “no match” as the first rank opposite the partner’s ranked program/specialty.
- Matched/not matched to the preferred specialty: An applicant who preferred one specialty and matched in that specialty is counted as “matched” to the preferred specialty. An applicant who preferred one specialty but matched in a different specialty is counted as “not matched” to the preferred specialty.
- Number of contiguous ranks: The number of programs ranked in the preferred specialty before a program in a different specialty appears on the rank order list.
- Number of publications: The total number of all abstracts, presentations, and publications reported by applicants to NRMP based on their Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) application.
- Number of research/volunteer/work experiences: The total number of research/volunteer/work experiences reported by applicants to NRMP based on their ERAS application.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CONSTRUCTING A RANK ORDER LIST
- Include all of the programs on your list where the program has expressed an interest in you and where you would accept a position.
- Construct your rank order list based on preference of programs and not on your perceived chances of matching to those programs.
- Include a mix of both highly competitive and less competitive programs within your preferred specialty.
- If you are applying to a competitive specialty and you want to have a residency position in the event you are unsuccessful in matching to a program in your preferred specialty, also rank your most preferred programs in an alternate specialty.
- Include all of your qualifications in your application, but know that you do not have to be AOA, have the highest USMLE scores, have publications, or have participated in research projects to match successfully.