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Interactive Charting Outcomes in the Match

NRMP is pleased to offer data tools to assist Match applicants in determining their alignment with preferred 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. This resource uses data from past Matches and is not designed to predict success or failure in the Match.


Two versions of the Interactive Charting Outcomes in the Match are available based on licensure examination:

How to Interpret the Data

Interactive Charting Outcomes in the Match 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 personal 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.

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
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.

Number of Contiguous Ranks
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.

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 Experience
The total number of research/volunteer/work experiences reported by applicants to NRMP based on their ERAS application.

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 DO 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.

Top Chart (2)
The top chart shows the numbers of matched applicants in green and the numbers of unmatched applicants in red.

Bottom Chart (3)
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.

DATA CONSIDERATIONS

  • Only specialties that offer 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. MD and DO 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. MD and DO seniors and graduates. Other scores, primarily for students and graduates of international medical schools, (IMGs) have not been verified.
  • Not all applicants provided information or gave the NRMP permission to use their data in research; accordingly, missing data exist in all characteristics.

REMINDER


Data can become less representative and may not be helpful if the criteria are refined too narrowly and the sample size becomes very small.