Today 102 students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) learned their residency placements during the National Resident Matching Program’s “Match Day.”
Match Day at GCSOM is ordinarily a family-and-friends event during which all fourth-year MD students simultaneously open their envelopes to learn where they will spend the next three to seven years training in specialties. This year, facing the need to enforce social distancing measures, GCSOM’s Class of 2020 celebrated virtually. Most residencies typically begin July 1.
“We are proud of the success of our Class of 2020,” said Steven J. Scheinman, MD, president and dean of GCSOM and executive vice president, Geisinger. “And this class deserves added praise for their resilience in the face of unprecedented circumstances. Rather than dwelling on their disappointment in not being able to celebrate together in person, the class has rallied to make the virtual celebration joyous and memorable. I am proud of their caliber and happy that they will lead tomorrow’s healthcare.”
“As our students have done since our charter class graduated in 2013, our students matched into excellent residency programs in this region, as well as some of the most competitive and prestigious programs and specialties in the nation. Ten students will remain at Geisinger for their training,” Dr. Scheinman said.
Dr. Scheinman noted that 31 members of the Class of 2020 matched into a Pennsylvania-based program, including local students. Another 23 students matched into a program in a state bordering the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. “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 Guthrie, Penn State Hershey and Lehigh Valley Health, as well programs in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Dr. Scheinman also observed that GCSOM applicants matched into some of the most competitive specialties in American medicine, including dermatology, ophthalmology and surgical specialties like orthopedic. In addition to the large number of GCSOM 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, Brown, UCLA, Case Western, Penn State, University of Pennsylvania, Temple, Thomas Jefferson and the University of Pittsburgh.
According to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), the 2020 Main Residency Match was the largest in history, with more than 40,000 applicants for over 37,000 positions.
View GCSOM's 2020 Match results. (This is a list of students who gave GCSOM permission to share their Match results.)
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