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.