Press Release: NRMP Pediatric Specialties Fall Match (PSFM) for Appointment Year 2019 is Largest in History

1,297 applicants matched to begin pediatric fellowship training positions in July 2019.

Washington, D.C., December 14, 2018 – The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) has released the results of the 2018 Pediatric Specialties Fall Match (PSFM) for appointment year 2019. The 2018 PSFM surpassed the records set in 2017 to become the largest in history with 1,476 applicants submitting program choices (a 34% increase), 777 programs (a 24% increase), 1,584 positions (a 33% increase), and 1,297 positions filled (a 32% increase).

The PSFM launched in 2009 when existing subspecialty Matches in Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Gastroenterology joined with new-to-the-Match subspecialties Pediatric Nephrology and Pediatric Pulmonology to create a combined Match. The Pediatric Specialties Spring Match was created at the same time with Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and Pediatric Rheumatology. However, this year PSFM was the only combined Pediatric Fellowship Match, including the seven subspecialties listed above along with Academic General Pediatrics, Child Abuse, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Hospital Medicine, and Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Growth in PSFM has been significant: since the 2015 appointment year, the number of participating programs has increased by 83.7 percent, the number of applicants submitting program choices by 72.0 percent, the number of positions by 91.5 percent, and the number of positions filled by 85.2 percent. Academic General Pediatrics is the newest subspecialty, having joined PSFM this year.

“A robust Pediatric workforce is critical to ensuring the health of the nation’s children,” said NRMP President and CEO Mona Signer. “It is gratifying, therefore, to see our Match for Pediatric fellowship training grow each year, and by more than 1,000 positions over the last decade.”

Program Highlights

  • Of the 1,584 positions offered through the PSFM, 1,297 (81.9%) were filled.
  •  The most competitive subspecialties among those that offered at least 60 positions were Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and Pediatric Gastroenterology. All filled at least 92 percent of the positions offered, and more than 62 percent of the filled positions were filled by graduates of U.S. allopathic medical schools.
  • The least competitive subspecialties among those that offered at least 60 positions were Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and Pediatric Nephrology. All filled less than 51 percent of the positions offered, and less than 67 percent of the filled positions were filled by U.S. allopathic graduates.

Applicant Highlights

  • Of the 1,476 applicants who submitted program choices (active applicants), 1,297 (87.9%) obtained positions.
  • The number of active U.S. allopathic medical school graduates totaled 965 — 35.9 percent more than 2018 and 83.1 percent more than 2015.
  • The number of active U.S. osteopathic medical school graduates totaled 189— 71.8 percent more than 2018 and more than double the number in 2015.
  • The number of active U.S. citizen graduates of international medical schools (U.S. IMGs) totaled 111 — 5.7 percent more than 2018 and 19.4 percent more than 2015.

Read the 2018 PSFM Match Results Statistics Report for more data on Pediatric fellowship appointments that begin in July 2019.

The NRMP Match
The Match uses a computerized mathematical algorithm to align the preferences of applicants with the preferences of program directors in order to fill training positions available at U.S. teaching hospitals. Research on the NRMP algorithm was a basis for awarding The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 2012.

About NRMP

The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) is a private, non-profit organization established in 1952 at the request of medical students to provide an orderly and fair mechanism for matching the preferences of applicants for U.S. residency positions with the preferences of residency program directors. In addition to the annual Main Residency Match® for more than 43,000 registrants, the NRMP conducts Fellowship Matches for more than 60 subspecialties through its Specialties Matching Service® (SMS®).

To schedule an interview with NRMP President and CEO Mona M. Signer, contact media@nullnrmp.org. To receive an embargoed copy of the Advance Data Tables on Thursday, March 15, reporters should contact media@nullnrmp.org with their name, outlet, email address, and phone number. Reporters should contact local medical schools and hospitals directly for details on their Match Day ceremonies and residency program activities.