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Final DO Match Day produces 506 primary care residents

Primary care specialties account for 56% of matches, with orthopedic surgery leading specialty placements

By AOA Media Team


CHICAGO—February 4, 2019—More than 500 new osteopathic physicians participating in the final AOA Match placed into primary care residencies, with a total of 886 osteopathic medical school seniors and recent graduates receiving placements in 21 specialties, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) announced today.

The AOA Match has operated in its current form since 1995. It was preceded by an osteopathic intern placement system that began in the 1950s.

Slightly more than 19% of graduating osteopathic medical students—of the anticipated 6,876—joined approximately 296 past DO graduates to participate in this year’s AOA Match. Some 54% of participants matched into residency programs.

Specialty choices in today’s match results align with the osteopathic profession’s historic emphasis on careers in primary care, with 56% choosing family and internal medicine. The top five specialties by number of matches are:

AOA Match Results
Specialty 2019 Total Number Matched % of Total Match by Specialty
Family medicine 304 34%
Internal medicine 197 22%
Orthopedic surgery 107 12%
General surgery 65 7%
Emergency medicine 54 6%
Other specialties 159 18%


In all, 380 positions were filled in non-primary care specialties and 390 positions were not filled through the initial match process. Historically, many of these positions are filled after the match announcement.

The AOA Match is ending as the AOA and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) wind down the fourth year of a five-year transition to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education. To date, 80% of all osteopathic training positions have transitioned to ACGME accreditation, with additional positions expected over the next 17 months.

DOs have historically been able to choose between multiple matches for post-graduate placement. In the single accreditation system, most DO and MD students will participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), in which participants will have the opportunity to choose residency programs that received osteopathic recognition from the ACGME Osteopathic Principles Committee.

As the transition to single accreditation system for graduate medical education continues, more AOA programs and osteopathic medical students are choosing to participate in just the NRMP match, which last year saw all-time highs in the number of osteopathic medical students and graduates who participated and successfully matched.

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The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 145,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools.

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