Indiana University Medical Students ‘Match’ to Next Phase of Training
INDIANAPOLIS -- The celebratory event of the spring for medical students is Match Day, when students nationwide learn where they will spend the next phase of their medical training. This year, those festivities will take on a green tint as the Indiana University School of Medicine fourth-year medical students will don St. Patrick’s Day colors for the March 17 Match Day.
IU medical students will gather with family and friends for the noon event at Scholar’s Hall at the University Place Conference Center of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.
Three hundred and six (306) fourth-year IU medical students will participate in this year’s National Resident Match Day, which coordinates thousands of medical students' and U.S. hospital programs' preferences. During their senior year, students apply and interview for their preferred residency positions throughout the nation; their selection is administered through the National Resident Matching Program of the Association of American Medical Colleges
"The residency match is becoming increasingly competitive and stressful, but IU students did very well this year. A large number of our students will be staying at the IU Medical Center and in Indiana for their residencies, but we are also sending graduates to many other prestigious programs in the country, including Johns Hopkins, Massachusetts General, Duke University and the Cleveland Clinic, to name just a few," said Dennis Deal, director of Academic Records-Medical Student Affairs.
“Our students are well received nationally. This speaks highly of the caliber of IU medical students and the training they receive here," Deal said.
The National Residency Matching Program, with the results released each year during the third week of March, is the main pathway by which most medical school graduates enter their residency training under the supervision of veteran physicians.
Students in the Class of 2011, who will receive their medical degrees on May 14, accepted residency positions in 35 states, including Indiana. Among the Match Day highlights:
• 39 percent of the students will pursue at least part of their residencies within Indiana
• 82 students will be residents at IU Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children, other IU Health facilities, Wishard Health Services and the Roudebush VA Medical Center
• 43 percent of IU School of Medicine graduates will enter primary-care programs, which includes internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, primary internal medicine and combined internal medicine-pediatrics
The IU School of Medicine, the second largest medical school in the United States with almost 1,300 students, has nine medical education centers throughout the state. The programs are: the IU Medical Sciences Program (Bloomington), IUSM- Evansville, IUSM- Fort Wayne, IUSM- Muncie, IUSM – Northwest, IUSM- South Bend, IUSM- Terre Haute, IUSM- West Lafayette, and on the main medical education campus at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. For more information on the school, see www.medicine.iu.edu.
Additional information the National Resident Matching Program can be found at www.nrmp.org.