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Primary Care Gaining Popularity In Residency Matches

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, March 21, 2011

• Emergency medicine was a more desirable calling, increasing 7%, the sixth year of increase in interest.

• Anesthesiology offered 44 more positions and matched 45 more U.S. seniors who filled 671 of the 841 positions offered.

• There were more couples who entered the Match this year. These participants link to each other to make sure they match to programs in the same geographic area. The association said that 739 of the 809 applicant couples matched to their respective residency programs. These couples are any two applicants, regardless of their relationship, who identify themselves as partners.

• Other participants in the match include 2,178 students and graduates of D.O. (doctor of osteopathic medicine) schools, an increase of 133 over last year, and 3,769 U.S. citizens and students from international medical schools, 74 more than in 2010.

The number of applicants also increased slightly by 179, to 37,735.

Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

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