em residency match 2019

The National Residency Matching Program® (NRMP) annually publishes data for the Residency Match. In this EM Match Advice episode, program directors reflect on the 2019 data for EM [PDF]. How competitive was emergency medicine (EM), especially given the transition period of having a single-accreditation system? Because it seems that EM remains modestly competitive, how many programs should one apply to and interview at? The below table outlines the data trends for 2011-2019.

How competitive was the 2019 EM residency match?


Program director panelists

  • Sorabh Khandelwal, MD (The Ohio State University)
  • Fiona Gallahue, MD (University of Washington)
  • Brad Bunney, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago)

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Correction note

Some of the numbers mentioned in the podcast were very slightly off, but the table above and general discussion on trends remains correct. The bottom line also remains the same in that the numbers are relatively unchanged from 2018, and slight changes can be partly explained by the single-accreditation system process this year. The take home point? Stop the madness of over-applying to too many programs!

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Michelle Lin, MD
ALiEM Founder and CEO
Professor and Digital Innovation Lab Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Michelle Lin, MD


Professor of Emerg Med at UCSF-Zuckerberg SF General. ALiEM Founder @aliemteam #PostitPearls at https://t.co/50EapJORCa Bio: https://t.co/7v7cgJqNEn
Michelle Lin, MD
Michael Gisondi, MD

Michael Gisondi, MD

Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Education
Department of Emergency Medicine
Stanford University
Editor, ALiEM EM Match Advice series