SOAP 2018

Post-Match SOAP 2018 Results per Medical Specialty

Post-Match Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®) preparation starts with residency candidates asking themselves a few simple questions. One of the most important questions is:

Are you prepared to apply to additional specialties beyond what you applied to in the regular residency application season?

 

To prepare for the Main Residency Match® season, most residency candidates know they need to gather specialty specific documents such as Letters of Recommendation or Personal Statements while applying to programs. However, this simple principle tends to get forgotten in the mad rush of applications at the start of the Post-Match as residency candidates end up applying to any available programs in any medical specialty using their supporting documents meant for a different specialty.

For example, a residency candidate prepared for and applied to Family Medicine and Psychiatry residency programs during the regular residency application season. Then, during the Post-Match SOAP, after they used as many of their 45 SOAP applications as they could in those two specialties, they still had a number of applications left. In their hurry to apply to more programs, they ended up having to use their Family Medicine and Psychiatry documents to apply to specialties like preliminary General Surgery or Internal Medicine programs which did not make the best impression on those programs.

 

Know the Data 

By reviewing the data from NRMP’s® Results and Data 2018 Main Residency Match®, those looking to participate in the Post-Match can see which specialties generally have more positions available and which do not (based on SOAP 2018), allowing them to better prepare for the Post-Match with more supporting documents in a variety of specialties.

 

Results of the Post-Match SOAP 2018 per Specialty

Anesthesiology

(PGY-1) Participating Programs – 9

Filled Programs – 9

Positions Available – 27

Positions Filled – 27

 

(PGY-2) Participating Programs – 8

Filled Programs – 5

Positions Available – 16

Positions Filled – 8

 

Child Neurology

(PGY-1) Participating Programs – 3

Filled Programs – 3

Positions Available – 3

Positions Filled – 3

(PGY-2) Participating Programs – 2

Filled Programs – 1

Positions Available – 2

Positions Filled – 1

 

Combined Medpeds

Participating Programs – 5

Filled Programs – 5

Positions Available – 5

Positions Filled – 5

 

Emergency Medicine

Participating Programs – 7

Filled Programs – 6

Positions Available – 10

Positions Filled – 8

 

Family Medicine

Participating Programs – 67

Filled Programs – 64

Positions Available – 141

Positions Filled – 138

 

Internal Medicine

(Categorical) Participating Programs – 51

Filled Programs – 45

Positions Available – 171

Positions Filled – 162

 

Medicine-Prelim

Participating Programs – 41

Filled Programs – 33

Positions Available – 99

Positions Filled – 88

 

Neurological Surgery

Participating Programs – 0

Filled Programs – 0

Positions Available – 0

Positions Filled – 0

 

Neurology

Participating Programs – 9

Filled Programs – 9

Positions Available – 12

Positions Filled – 12

 

(PGY-2) Participating Programs – 2

Filled Programs – 2

Positions Available – 4

Positions Filled – 4

 

Obstetrics-Gynecology

(PGY-1) Participating Programs – 6

Filled Programs – 6

Positions Available – 10

Positions Filled – 10

 

(Categorical) Participating Programs – 4

Filled Programs – 4

Positions Available – 6

Positions Filled – 6

 

Orthopedic Surgery

Participating Programs – 1

Filled Programs – 1

Positions Available – 1

Positions Filled – 1

 

Pathology

Participating Programs – 20

Filled Programs – 17

Positions Available – 28

Positions Filled – 25

 

Pediatrics

Participating Programs – 20

Filled Programs – 18

Positions Available – 53

Positions Filled – 51

 

Physical Medicine & Rehab

(Categorical) Participating Programs – 0

Filled Programs – 0

Positions Available – 0

Positions Filled – 0

 

(PGY-2) Participating Programs – 0

Filled Programs – 0

Positions Available – 0

Positions Filled – 0

 

Psychiatry

Participating Programs – 5

Filled Programs – 5

Positions Available – 12

Positions Filled – 12

 

Radiology-Diagnostic

Participating Programs – 1

Filled Programs – 1

Positions Available – 1

Positions Filled – 1

(PGY-2) Participating Programs – 0

Filled Programs – 0

Positions Available – 0

Positions Filled – 0

 

Radiation Oncology

(PGY-2) Participating Programs – 1

Filled Programs – 1

Positions Available – 1

Positions Filled – 1

 

Surgery

(Categorical) Participating Programs – 3

Filled Programs – 3

Positions Available – 5

Positions Filled – 5

 

(PGY-1) Participating Programs – 145

Filled Programs – 114

Positions Available – 462

Positions Filled – 412

 

Transitional Year

Participating Programs – 17

Filled Programs – 15

Positions Available – 65

Positions Filled – 63

 

Letters of Recommendation for SOAP

Letters of Recommendation for SOAP

If you are reflecting on your Residency Application Season so far and you’re dissatisfied with the results, it may be possible that your application supporting documents were not doing you justice.

While preparing for the Post-Match SOAP®, there are some aspects of your residency application that are worth revisiting to ensure your application is as strong as it can be. Two of the most important documents you can refresh, rewrite or replace are your Personal Statement and Letters of Recommendation.

Supporting Documents for the Post-Match SOAP: Letters of Recommendation

Of course, the first step is to review data from last year’s SOAP to get an idea of which medical specialties are more likely to have vacancies and which specialties probably won’t. This way, if you have the specialty specific documents already, you can just edit or revise them. Or, if you don’t have the documents, you can put them together.

For example, the medical specialties with the most vacancies in 2017:

  1. Preliminary General Surgery (486 positions)
  2. Family Medicine (141 positions)
  3. Internal Medicine (128 positions)

Be sure to carefully compare the documents you have in-hand to the specialties you are considering applying to in the Post-Match. It is especially important you start thinking about your Letters of Recommendation now because these can take time to ask new letter writers and for the writers to craft their letters.  

Almost every specialty likes to see at least one specialty specific Letter of Recommendation. If you do not have a Letter of Recommendation in the specialties you have identified from the previous SOAP year’s data, you should be sure to secure at least one per specialty. This will give you a great advantage over those who come into the Post-Match unprepared for the contingencies.  

Even if you already have Letters of Recommendation in your chosen specialties, it is most certainly worth the effort to refresh them. When it comes to Matching in the Post-Match, residency candidates cannot afford to leave any stones left unturned.

Addressing your Letters of Recommendation now will not only strengthen your overall application but also give you an edge over other residency applicants who are not as prepared.

(Content Updated: February 1, 2018)