Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 179–181 | Cite as

Geographic Trends for United States Allopathic Seniors Participating in the Residency Match: a Descriptive Analysis

  • Claire N. Shappell
  • Jeanne M. Farnan
  • John F. McConville
  • Shannon K. MartinEmail author
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Geography is consistently cited as an important factor in residency applicant decision-making,1 but little is known about where students match into residency based on medical school of origin. We aimed to characterize geographic trends for US graduating allopathic seniors participating in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).


De-identified NRMP data were obtained for all US graduating allopathic seniors participating in the 2011–2015 Main Residency Match® in all specialties. Data were grouped into four geographic regions and nine divisions based upon applicants’ medical schools using US census definitions (Fig.  1). “Home” region/division was defined as applicants matching into the same geographic region and division where their medical school was located. Chi-square and logistic regression analyses were performed using Stata, controlling for year and using East North Central (ENC) division as the referent group. This study was exempted by the University...



Contributors: We would like to thank the National Resident Matching Program for collecting and providing the data utilized in the study, as well as for their contribution to the manuscript.

Prior presentations: Preliminary results of this work were presented as a poster presentation at the Department of Medicine Resident Research Day at the University of Chicago in March 2017, as a poster presentation at the Midwest Society of General Internal Medicine conference in Chicago, Illinois in September, 2017, and as an oral plenary presentation at the University of Chicago Medical Education Day in November 2017.

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they do not have a conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claire N. Shappell
    • 1
  • Jeanne M. Farnan
    • 2
  • John F. McConville
    • 2
  • Shannon K. Martin
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Brigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Medicine, Pritzker School of MedicineUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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