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It's Official; Increased IMG Percentage Match in 2013

By Unknown - Friday, April 5, 2013 6 Comments
I think its about time i share some good news as well.

btw the post is not mine its copied from usmle forums

You all must have heard this news but for those who haven't and are scared about the future in Matching, being an IMG. 
you can go through the official ECFMG announcement posted today March 21st 2013, and see for yourself.

Increased residency positions:

For the eleventh consecutive year, the number of first-year (PGY-1) residency positions offered through the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) Main Residency Match® increased. A total of 26,392 first-year positions were offered in the 2013 Match. This represents an increase of 2,358 positions compared to last year and an increase of nearly 5,800 positions since 2002.
Increase from 43.9% to 49.8% in the percentage of matched IMGs

The number of IMGs who matched to first-year positions increased by 1,425 compared to 2012. Of the 12,683 IMGs who participated in the 2013 Match, 6,311 (49.8%) matched. In the 2012 Match, 4,886 (43.9%) IMGs were matched to first-year positions. (These data include a small number of Fifth Pathway applicants who participated in the 2013 and 2012 Matches.)
The 2012 percentage was discussed before here in USMLE News, here's the link IMG matching in 2012 remained the same

They also mentioned that the no Prematch Policy for this year could have impacted the higher IMG percentage

The total number of IMGs who will fill PGY-1 positions for the 2013-2014 academic year may be higher than the number obtaining positions through the 2013 Match. Although the majority of PGY-1 positions in the United States are filled through the Match, in past years a significant number of IMG applicants obtained positions outside of the Match. For example, while 4,626 IMGs obtained PGY-1 positions through the 2011 Match, 6,754 IMGs entered PGY-1 for the 2011-2012 academic year. For the 2013 Match, the NRMP introduced an “All-In” policy. This policy requires that, to participate in the Match, programs must register and attempt to fill all of their residency positions through the Main Residency Match, or through another national matching plan. Programs must place all positions in the Match or no positions in the Match. This policy is a factor in the higher numbers, compared to last year, of both positions offered through the 2013 Match (up 2,358 or 9.8%) and the number of IMGs participating in the 2013 Match (up 1,549 or 13.9%). It also, presumably, reduced the number of positions available outside of the 2013 Match.
Dear IMGs, let's buckle up and work hard to get matched!

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