Infectious Diseases Match Policy Change
Over the past several years, ID applicants to fellowship programs have declined, while the number of opportunities has increased. In 2010 there were 342 applicants for 300 positions (1.14 ratio). By 2014 the number of applicants had declined to 254 even as the number of positions increased to 327 (0.77 ratio) and in that same year, 99 positions in 70 programs were unfulfilled. IDSA has convened the Task Force for ID Recruitment to investigate ways to increase interest in ID among the best and brightest students and residents.
In October 2015, IDSA's Board of Directors approved the adoption of an "all-in" Match policy beginning with the 2016 Match cycle, at the recommendation of the ID Training Program Directors' Committee and the ID Recruitment Task Force. This policy change was adopted to provide applicants the opportunity to fully evaluate all programs in order to optimally determine the program that best suits their needs, and for programs to compete equally for the available applicants.