Resident Physician Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Objectives: To quantify changes in common metrics that are evaluated as part of the match process within the last decade and analyze characteristics of a successful physiatry applicant.
Design: A time-series analysis of physiatry match data was performed using reports published by the National Residency Matching Program from 2009 to 2020.
Results: The number of physiatry residency positions increased from 370 to 480 and the total number of applicants increased from 479 to 591. Thus, the number of applicants per position decreased from 1.3 to 1.23. Mean USMLE Step 1 scores went from 214 to 228, Step 2 scores rose from 220 to 241. Contiguous ranks rose from 9.6 to 13.5, number of research experiences from 1.8 to 3.1, number of Abstracts/Presentations/Pubs from 2.3 to 5.5.
Conclusions: From 2009 to 2020, the mean number of abstracts, presentations, and peer-reviewed publications produced by matched PM&R applicants has nearly doubled, thus underscoring the value of scholarly activity and contributions to the literature. On average, the mean USMLE step 1 and 2 scores of matched PM&R applicants has risen by approximately 15 to 20 points over the same timeframe. These measures demonstrate that PM&R has attracted more competitive applicants over the last decade. However, despite the increase in these common applicant measures, the actual number of applicants per position have decreased.