IDSA is supporting an “All-In” Match policy for the 2016 Match cycle—a change that was approved by the Board of Directors last fall at the recommendation of the ID Training Program Directors’ Committee and the ID Recruitment Task Force. This policy change was adopted to provide applicants the opportunity to fully evaluate all programs in order to optimally determine the program that best suits their needs, and to enable programs to compete equally for the available applicants.
IDSA strongly believes that this is the appropriate policy for the ID specialty because it represents the fairest process for applicants and helps to ensure the integrity of the Match for the long term. A review of the Match data has shown that while programs are continuing to train a similar number of fellows each year in ID, the number of individuals going through the Match has declined, and a percentage of these applicants are taking positions before the Match. If this trend continues, ID could risk losing the Match altogether. “We believe this would have enormous negative implications for our applicants and programs,” says Wendy Armstrong, MD, FIDSA, who chairs the task force and committee. “We understand that this policy change will not ‘fix’ the challenges of recruiting applicants to infectious disease and are working on many other initiatives to address the critical shortage of applicants.”
The Training Program Directors’ Committee and the ID Recruitment Task Force along with IDSA staff are working with program directors to answer questions regarding implementation of this policy. For more information, see the IDSA website
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