Next Class of Spartan MDs Ready To Move Onto Residency Positions Following Match Day

The results of the 2017 residency match process are in and over 96 percent of the College of Human Medicine's graduating students secured a match.

In total, 200 students matched for postgraduate medical training positions at teaching hospitals throughout the United States.

Residency placements were confirmed for students through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) as well as for those who participated in the SOAP/Post-Match, Military Match, and Advanced/Independent Matches.

Of note, 42.5 percent of students chose primary care residency programs, similar to prior matches. The top six specialties placements changed a bit from last year, however, when pediatrics was at the top spot.

The top six overall specialty placements this year are as follows:
1. Family Medicine (38 graduates)
2T. General Surgery (23 graduates)
2T. Internal Medicine (23 graduates)
4. Emergency Medicine (20 graduates)
5. Pediatrics (19 graduates)
6. Obstetrics-Gynecology (14 graduates)

Interestingly, those 38 graduates were among a total of 3,237 medical students to match with a family medicine residency program. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, that's the most in family medicine’s history as a specialty.

Psychiatry, Anesthesiology, Neurology, Radiology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, and several surgery specialties including Orthopedic Surgery are also some specialties that were represented in choice.

Close to 40 percent of the class will be staying in Michigan after graduation. Of those heading outside the state, Spartan MDs will be placed on all coasts and practically everywhere in between, from California to Connecticut, New York to Florida.

But before they head out to make us proud, graduating seniors had the opportunity to celebrate those results with friends and family on Match Day, held this year on March 17. Match Day is a rite of passage that's celebrated across the globe.

At noon, students opened their envelopes and learned the location and specialty of the residency programs where they will further their training.

While every Match Day is special, this year's rendition was unique for several reasons.

The NRMP recently announced this year's results were the largest in its history. A record-high 35,969 US and international medical school students vied for 31,757 positions, the most ever offered in the Match.

In the last six years, positions in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics have all increased.

Closer to home, the College of Human Medicine implemented a Match Day tagboard for the first time so that students, friends, and family could celebrate "together" from across all seven of the college's community campuses or anywhere at all.

As a community-based medical school, the college hosts celebrations across the state. The social media stream helped unify posts from across celebrations and social media platforms. Using the hashtag #MSUMDMatch, people posted celebratory pictures and messages to congratulate the soon-to-be physicians.


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