CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Journal of Academic Ophthalmology 2022; 14(02): e166-e168
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-1750022
Case Report

Impact of COVID-19 on the Ophthalmology Residency Home-Institution Match Rate

1   Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York
Misha F. Syed
2   Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
Kimberly W. Crowder
3   Department of Ophthalmology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi
Andrew G. Lee
4   Department of Ophthalmology, Blanton Eye Institute, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas
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Purpose The aim of this study was to evaluate the ophthalmology residency match results to determine changes in the rate of home-institution matches during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Methods Aggregate deidentified summary match result data from 2017 to 2022 was obtained from the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology and the San Francisco (SF) Match. A chi-squared test was performed to determine if the rate of candidate matching to the home residency program in ophthalmology was higher in the post-COVID-19 compared with pre-COVID-19 match years. A literature review using PubMed was performed of other medical subspecialty match rates to home institution during the same study period.

Results A chi-squared test for difference in proportions confirmed a significantly higher chance of matching to the home program for ophthalmology in the post-COVID-19, SF Match year of 2021 to 2022 compared with 2017 to 2020 (p = 0.001). Other medical specialties including otolaryngology, plastic surgery, and dermatology also showed similar increased home institution residency match rates during the same time period. Although neurosurgery and urology also had increased trend rates for home institution match rates, these results did not reach statistical significance.

Conclusions The ophthalmology home-institution residency SF Match rate was significantly increased during the COVID-19 pandemic year 2021 to 22. This mirrors a trend reported in other specialties including the otolaryngology, dermatology, and plastic surgery in the 2021 match. Additional study will be required to identify factors leading to this observation.

Financial Support

Supported by an Unrestricted Grant from Research to Prevent Blindness to SUNY Upstate Medical University's Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences and Lions District 20-Y.

Informed Consent

No informed consent was required for this manuscript.

Publication History

Received: 03 March 2022

Accepted: 05 April 2022

Article published online:
27 July 2022

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