Match Day 2024 proved to be a momentous day for the future of medicine as this year’s Match Day saw record-high applicant participation, according to data from NRMP, the organization that facilitates Match Day.

“The NRMP is proud to deliver the results of another successful Main Residency Match, and we congratulate all future physicians and training programs on this momentous occasion,” says NRMP President and CEO Donna L. Lamb, DHSc, MBA, BSN. “We are especially proud of applicants this year, many of whom began medical school the fall before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and had to quickly adapt to and thrive in a radically changed academic and training landscape. Their experiences and success speak to a remarkable resilience and dedication they will carry with them into practice.”

The 2024 Main Residency Match was the largest yet in the National Resident Matching Program’s 72-year history, with 44,853 applicants and 41,503 certified positions across 6,395 residency training programs.

The number of registered applicants, at 50,413, hit an all-time high. That marks an increase of 2,257 applicants, or 4.7% over last year,

The rise in applicants was driven largely by an increase of 1,986 non-U.S. citizen international medical graduates and 623 osteopathic (DO) seniors over last year.

Get more Match Day 2024 stats here.