ASN Data Brief November 28, 2018


I. Moving in Two Directions

II. ERAS Application Data: A Look at the Candidates

III. The Match in Context

I. Moving in Two Directions

Key Points

Appointment year (AY) 2019 nephrology Match results released by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) captured a specialty seemingly moving in two directions. While total filled positions and training tracks edged up this year, US MDs matching in nephrology dropped 12%. International medical graduates (IMGs) entering fellowship ticked up 6%, but are still far below historic highs, accounting for just 39.2% of matriculating matched fellows.

The percentage of programs and fellowship positions completely filling on Match Day was up 2%. Yet—despite the closure and/or consolidation of several nephrology training programs since the AY 2018 application cycle—the gap between offered positions and qualified candidates to fill them remains wide. For the first time, the number of candidates preferring nephrology that matched into another subspecialty dropped to 0 (while those applicants preferring nephrology who did not Match were up slightly).

Nearly every candidate preferring nephrology continued to Match into the specialty (95.1% in AY 2019), pointing to a continuing lack of selectivity for nephrology. NRMP data from the AY 2018 Match indicated nephrology applicants had the second highest rate of matching into their first-choice program (68.8%), narrowly behind geriatrics (72.4%).

Unfilled training tracks…