97 students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine learned their residency placements during Match Day 2019
On March 15, 97 students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) learned their residency placements during the National Resident Matching Program’s “Match Day,” an event at which all fourth-year MD students around the country simultaneously open their envelopes to learn where they will spend the next three to seven years training in specialties. Residencies typically begin July 1.
“We are proud of the success of our Class of 2019,” said Steven J. Scheinman, MD, president and dean of Geisinger Commonwealth and executive vice president, Geisinger. “Once again, our students matched into excellent local residency programs, as well as some of the most competitive and prestigious programs and specialties in the nation. I am especially pleased to note that eight students matched into psychiatry, a field in which the need is great both in our region and in the country as a whole,” Dr. Scheinman said.
Dr. Scheinman noted that 34 members of the Class of 2019 matched into a Pennsylvania-based program, including 13 local students. Another 30 students matched into a program bordering the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Moreover, seven Geisinger Commonwealth students will train at a Geisinger residency program – four of whom hail from counties within the Geisinger service area. “Matching into a Pennsylvania residency and, even better, a local residency, is an encouraging indicator, because physicians tend to end up practicing in areas close to where they trained,”
Dr. Scheinman said, adding that in addition to the Geisinger matches, GCSOM students matched into programs at The Wright Center in Scranton, Penn State Hershey and Lehigh Valley Health and St. Luke’s in Allentown, as well programs in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Dr. Scheinman also observed that Geisinger Commonwealth applicants matched into some of the most competitive specialties in American medicine, including dermatology, ophthalmology and surgical specialties like orthopedic and neuro surgery. In addition to the large number of Geisinger Commonwealth students who will train at leading community-based programs, many students will go to residencies at highly competitive teaching hospitals, including those associated with Harvard, Yale, Case Western, Georgetown and Brown.
According to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), the 2019 Main Residency Match was the largest in history, with more than 44,000 applicants.
Match Day 2019 by the numbers:
|Specialty||No. of GCSOM students matched|
|Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)||1|
|Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation||3|
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