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December 2017
ID Fellowship Match Results: Interest in ID Holds Steady

The results are in from this year’s fellowship Match and Infectious Diseases has maintained the gains we achieved last year. The number of applicants was nearly identical to last year (321 vs 320 last year) and U.S. graduate interest in ID remained stable (158 applicants this year vs 162 last year). U.S. graduates filled 49.2 percent of the slots with the remainder going to U.S. foreign educated (14%), osteopathic residents (12.8%), and international medical graduates (24%). The percent of programs that filled slightly exceeded last year (66.2% vs 63.3%) and the percent of positions filled was comparable to last year (81.5% vs 79.6%).

Fifty-one programs (33.8%) failed to fill all available slots in the Match. Of these, 26 programs failed to fill any slots. Notably, the programs that did not fill all or some of their slots were not necessarily the same as last year and the geographic distribution of unfilled slots varied slightly from last year. The majority of programs that failed to fill tended to be smaller, offering 1-2 slots in this year’s Match, however, there were programs with three or greater slots that also failed to fill.

This year’s results indicate that the improvement seen last year in the Match has been maintained, and does not appear to represent a transient change. Whether this indicates enhanced interest in ID or is entirely the result of the all-in Match is uncertain but there is reason for optimism. Nevertheless, there is work to be done to build on these encouraging results. IDSA has worked hard to generate interest in ID, supporting a recruitment campaign aimed at students and residents and expanding outreach to medical students with ID interest groups and the Medical Scholars Program. The September 15 supplemental issue of Journal of Infectious Diseases provides useful information regarding careers in ID that can augment individual efforts to engage residents in our field. Additionally, robust mentorship programs, including at IDWeek, have been implemented to foster interest among residents and students in careers in ID.

The IDSA Training Program Directors Committee is committed to carefully examining this year’s Match results to better understand issues related to unfilled programs and to providing support to further improve on this year’s Match performance in the coming years. These larger scale efforts, combined with the numerous individual, local, and regional programs aimed at students and early stage trainees, should continue to foster interest in ID moving forward, expanding the numbers of trainees and ultimately the ID workforce in the coming years.

Annual Comparison of Match Results*

*Year refers to year when fellow begins fellowship

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