Matched & Moving On: Graduating CHM Students Set For Residency Placements Across The Nation

It's graduation week for our seniors! But before the students put on their caps and gowns, the newest crop of Spartan M.D.'s are busy preparing for the next portion of their lives—residency.

The results of the 2016 residency match process are in for the MSU College of Human Medicine (CHM) graduating class. The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) reported results for CHM, which included early, advanced, and military matches.

As tradition, fourth-year students were joined by family and friends on "Match Day" across our community campuses to celebrate and learn where they matched.

The NRMP or, "The Match," places applicants for postgraduate medical training positions into residency programs at teaching hospitals throughout the United States.

The NRMP is a private, non-profit organization established at the request of medical students to provide an orderly and fair mechanism for matching the preferences of applicants for U.S. residency positions with the preferences of residency program directors.

Overall, 193 total graduating seniors sought residency positions. Of the 193, there were 187 students with residency placements confirmed through the NRMP, NRMP-SOAP, Military Match, Advanced Matches and Post SOAP.

Seeking residency positions in various specialties, 96.9% of CHM seniors secured placements—an increase from 96.2% in 2015.

Over 43% of the overall 2016 seniors are entering a primary care residency (i.e., Family Medicine, General Medicine, Medicine/Pediatrics, and Pediatrics).

The top seven overall specialty placements are as follows:
1. Pediatrics (30 graduates)
2. General Surgery (24 graduates)
3. Emergency Medicine (22 graduates)
4. Family Medicine (20 graduates)
5. Internal Medicine (20 graduates)
6. Obstetrics-Gynecology (14 graduates)
7. Internal Medicine/Pediatrics (11 graduates)

Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Neurology, Orthopedic Surgery, Psychiatry, and Pathology are also some of the specialties represented in the list of specialty choices.

Close to half (over 42%) will remain in Michigan for their residency training programs. This is an increase from last year as 36% of seniors remained in Michigan for residency in 2015. Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Royal Oak, Saginaw, and Flint are just some of the in-state areas that will be injected with new residents from CHM.


Students will also be training across the country at some of the most competitive residency programs in the nation. Graduates will also be headed across the nation from Rhode Island to California.

Beyond placing in major cities like Chicago, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Cleveland, New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, Austin, New Orleans, Boston, San Diego, and Houston among others, students will also train in smaller metro and sometimes more rural areas as well. Spartan M.D.'s will also be headed to towns like Danville, PA; Hershey, PA; Lebanon, NH; Loma Linda, CA; Danbury, CT; Maywood, IL; Fort Gordon, GA; Charlottesville, VA; Rochester, MN; Falls Church, VA; and Peoria, IL.

Best wishes and good luck to the 2016 CHM graduates!

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