The Editors of the Journal of Bronchoscopy & Interventional Pulmonology are thrilled to report that the first interventional pulmonology (IP) match through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) was a fantastic success. There were a total of 56 applications this year for dedicated 1-year advanced training fellowships in IP programs throughout the United States. Twenty-four applicants (43%) were interviewed and registered for the match.
Fourteen IP fellowships participated in the match this year, and all 14 filled their spots, making IP the only program in the NRMP that filled 100% of the offered spots in the match this year. In all, 38% of applicants who registered for the match did not match with an IP fellowship. This attests to the increasing interest for pursuing additional training among current and former fellows in ‘standard’ Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine training programs. Although we anticipate a growth in the number of IP fellowship programs in the next several years, it is likely that these positions will continue to be quite competitive because of a corresponding increase in the number of applicants.
The NRMP moved the dates for the 2013 match for all fellowship programs to the following:
This move allows applicants more time to gain exposure to IP and potentially develop research experience in the field. It will serve to further strengthen the field of applicants. We encourage physicians interested in applying for an IP fellowship program to visit the American Association of Bronchoscopy and Interventional Pulmonology webpage (www.aabronchology.org) as well as the Association of Interventional Pulmonology Program Directors webpage (www.aippd.org).
Finally, we formally congratulate Drs Lonny Yarmus and Hans Lee for their extraordinary efforts in making the first IP match such a success. It is through their hard work and through the work of the Boards of the American Association of Bronchoscopy and Interventional Pulmonology and the Association of Interventional Pulmonology Program Directors and the current IP fellowship programs that this field has grown to its current status. Although we continue to praise the hard work of those who have built this field, we are excited for the future work to be performed by fellows yet to be trained.