Every year, medical students are applying to an increasing number of internal medicine residency programs. However, the data do not support the pervasive belief that US senior medical students are less successful in the NRMP Main Residency Match or that the Match is becoming more competitive over time. As a result of misconceptions, there has been a 28% increase in IM categorical applications between 2013-2016 among US and Canadian medical graduates.
The AAIM Medical Student to Resident Interface Committee has developed several resources to help students, residents, advisors, and residency faculty and staff combat application inflation, including recommendations in a peer-reviewed journal to inform the national debate and a quick fact sheet to provide quick, hands on knowledge about the problem. Future efforts will bring forward best practices for learners, educators, and institutions to dispel myths and alleviate fear, promote holistic review, and ensure applicants find the best fit.