from the AAP Division of Graduate Medical Education and Pediatric Workforce

Pediatrics is thriving as a specialty, according to the results of the 2001 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) match announced March 22.

Pediatrics made gains in both the number of positions offered and the number of positions filled through the match. Between 2000 and 2001, the number of first-year positions offered increased from 2,282 to 2,290. Of these, 2,214 positions or 96.7% were filled. This signals an increase of 1.5% from the filled rate of 95.2% (2,172 filled positions) last year. The results for combined programs in internal medicine-pediatrics (med/peds) remained relatively stable, with 87.7% of the 439 offered positions filled in 2001, compared with 87.9% of the 446 positions offered in 2000.

"The match day results prove that pediatrics is alive and well," said Carol Carraccio, M.D., FAAP, president of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors. "Not only...

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