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Today eighty-eight students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth), the largest class in the school’s history, learned their residency placements during the National Resident Matching Program. “Match Day” occurred simultaneously at medical colleges around the country in an exciting event in which all fourth-year MD students opened their envelopes to learn where they will spend the next three to seven years training in specialties. Residencies begin July 1.

“We are proud of the success of our Class of 2017,” said Steven J. Scheinman, MD, president and dean of Geisinger Commonwealth. “Again this year, our students matched into both excellent local residency programs, as well as some of the most competitive programs and specialties in the nation. I am also glad that, once again, our students chose primary care in large numbers,” Dr. Scheinman said, pointing out that 50 percent (44 of 88) of Geisinger Commonwealth’s Class of 2017 matched into a primary care specialty – family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics or obstetrics/gynecology.

Of the 44 students who matched into a primary care area, 15 are from northeastern Pennsylvania. Of the 44, 18 matched with residencies in internal medicine. In addition, 10 matched in pediatrics, six in family medicine and 10 in obstetrics/gynecology.

The dean proudly noted that 32 members of the Class of 2017 matched into a Pennsylvania-based program, including 13 local students.  “Matching into a Pennsylvania-based residency is an encouraging indicator, because physicians tend to end up practicing in areas close to where they trained,” Dr. Scheinman said, adding that Pennsylvania-based residencies comprised more than one-third of Geisinger Commonwealth’s total match.

Two students will remain in Scranton for residency training in programs offered by The Wright Center.  “I am particularly pleased that, of the two students who will train at The Wright Center, one will be training in psychiatry, a specialty greatly needed in our region. The program our student will begin in July is a new one and is a direct result of the partnership between our Behavioral Health Initiative and The Wright Center to address the most pressing health needs of our community.”

Dr. Scheinman also observed that Geisinger Commonwealth applicants matched into some of the most competitive specialties in American medicine, including dermatology, radiation oncology, plastic surgery, urology and orthopedic surgery. In addition to the large number of Geisinger Commonwealth students who will train at leading community-based programs, several students will go to residencies at highly competitive teaching hospitals, including those associated with Brown University, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Johns Hopkins and Harvard.

According to the National Resident Matching Program, the 2017 Match included 43,157 total registrants competing for 31,757 positions. Among them were 18,539 fourth-year MD students who submitted their program preference lists, including the 88 from Geisinger Commonwealth. 

View the residency matches for Geisinger Commonwealth’s MD Class of 2017.

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Geisinger Commonwealth Match Day by the numbers

Specialty

Anesthesiology

Dermatology

Diagnostic Radiology

Emergency Medicine

ENT

Family Medicine

General Surgery

Internal Medicine

Medicine Pediatrics

Neurology

Obstetrics

Orthopedic Surgery

Pathology

Pediatrics

Physical & Mental Rehabilitation

Plastic Surgery

Preliminary Surgery

Psychiatry

Radiation Oncology

Urology

Total

Primary Care

Family Medicine

Internal Medicine

Medicine Pediatrics

Obstetrics

Pediatrics

Total

No. students matched

2

1

5

9

2

6

5

18

1

4

10

3

1

9

1

1

2

6

1

1

88

No. students

6

18

1

10

9

44

50% of the our MD Class of 2017

(47% nationally)

Local students by county:

County

Lackawanna

Luzerne

Lycoming

Monroe

Schuylkill

Total

32 matched to Pennsylvania residencies; 13 of the 32 are local students

 

No. students

10

7

2

2

3

24



About Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) is a member of the Geisinger family. Geisinger Commonwealth offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Danville, Doylestown, Scranton, Sayre and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) degrees. The school’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its region in northeastern and central Pennsylvania, as well as from across the state and the nation. The school also has over 440 graduate medical students in 24 residency programs and 19 accredited fellowships. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. For more information, visit www.geisinger.edu/gcsom, or connect with us on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and Twitter.

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