Surgery Residency

General surgery residency in numbers

There were 1569 categorical and 1136 preliminary general surgery residency positions offered. It is around 8% of all residency positions. 99.7% of categorical positions were filled during the main match. The match rate is around 83% for US MDs, 69% for DOs, and 42/30% for US/non-US IMGs. Only 54% of preliminary positions were filled during the main match while the rest of preliminary positions were filled during the SOAP. To leave places for the SOAP (usually for highly qualified unmatched candidates) is a traditional behavior for general surgery preliminary residency. With just a 50% match rate among interviewed US MD candidates scored Step 2 < 230, general surgery is a competitive specialty even for US MDs.

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Number of PGY-1 Surgery positions by state

Number of Surgery positions by state based on PGY-1 main residency Match

Percent MDs, DOs and IMGs filled PGY-1 during the main residency Match

Percent of PGY-1 Surgery MDs, DOs and IMGs by year

Surgery PGY-1 main residency Match statistics

Year Positions Filled(%) MD DO IMGs
2021 2705 80.4 1451 (53 %) 275 (10 %) 425 (15 %)
2020 2710 78.0 1443 (53 %) 233 (8 %) 420 (15 %)
2019 2555 77.6 1407 (55 %) 178 (6 %) 395 (15 %)
2018 2682 82.1 1678 (62 %) 127 (4 %) 395 (14 %)
2017 2606 80.3 1617 (62 %) 93 (3 %) 383 (14 %)

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