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A Closer Look at the 2013-2014 Integrated Plastic Surgery Match: What Predicts a Successful Match
Russell E. Kling, MD2, Rochelle Kling, MD1, Chika Agi, BS2, Ernest K. Manders, MD2,
1UT-Southwestern, Dallas, TX, USA, 2University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Introduction-
Plastic Surgery has become an increasingly competitive field to match into due to the limited positions available. The goal of this study was to analyze which factors predicted a successful NRMP match during the 2013-2014 cycle. The results of this study provide a guide for future applicants and mentors.
Methods-
An electronic questionnaire was distributed to successfully matched medical students in plastic surgery.
Results-
Data was available from 127 matched students (93% response rate). On average, 60% of matched applicants held AOA membership. Average step 1 and step 2 scores were 247.93 [95% CI (244.3, 251.56)] and 253.46 [95% CI (248.56, 258.37)], respectively. Step 1 scores were not significantly greater among those who matched at their first choice (r2=0.04). AOA membership and number of research publications also did not affect the outcome of an applicant’s rank list. 49% of current PGY-1 residents matched to their first choice and 77% matched to their third choice or better. 112 out of 127 PGY-1 residents had a plastic surgery residency program (independent or integrated) at their home institution (OR =2.2).
Conclusion-
Our study demonstrates current PGY-1 residents have an average USMLE step 1 score that is one standard deviation greater than the mean score. An important predictive factor for matching into a plastic surgery residency position is a home plastic surgery residency program. Objective measures (e.g. USMLE step scores, AOA membership and number of publications) are not predictive of matching to a program ranked first.


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