NRMP and ECFMG Report Record Number of Matching IMGs; Guidelines for SOAP

Posted March 19th, 2021 by .


According to results from the 2021 Main Residency Match announced by the National Residency Matching Program, more than 7,500 international medical graduates (IMGs) obtained first-year residency training positions in U.S. graduate medical education programs, a small increase over last year.  ECFMG has reported that the IMG Match rate for 2021 was 57%.  As expressed by the graphic here, 59.5% of all U.S. citizen IMGs matched, while 54.8% of non-U.S. citizen IMGs successfully matched.

Those who did not Match may be eligible to participate in the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (“SOAP”).  NRMP rules regarding communications between programs and applicants are very specific, and are strictly enforced by NRMP.  The NRMP’s 2021 Guide for SOAP Applicants can be found here.

Whether you require legal advice and counsel regarding the Match or SOAP, seek a waiver from your Match commitment (or defend against a program’s attempt to obtain a waiver), or find yourself accused of violating the Match, our experienced attorneys can assist.

For more than 10 years, Dennis L. Abramson has dedicated a significant portion of his practice to counseling and representing medical students, IMGs, residents, fellows, and practicing physicians in compliance and disciplinary matters related to ECFMG, USMLE, NBME, and NRMP, including responding to and defending allegations of irregular behavior and violations of the Match® agreement. Should you need advice or counsel with a related issue, please contact Mr. Abramson at 610-664-5700 or

Mr. Abramson regularly updates this page with the latest developments related to ECFMG, USMLE, NRMP, ABIM, irregular behavior, and physician licensing and credentialing issues, so check back soon.

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