USF senior medical students advance to residencies

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About 160 senior medical students from the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine were successfully matched day today and learned where they will spend their residency training after graduation from medical school in May.

Called Match Day, the annual event is held at all medical schools across the country to reveal where senior medical students will spend their residencies, the next step in their medical education – which can last from three to seven years, depending on the specialty. The match process is handled through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) and Match Day, which follows several months of students applying for, interviewing for, and ranking their preferred residency programs, is when students learn which residency programs chose them. This year’s NRMP’s main match was the largest in NRMP history: a record-high 40,084 applicants submitted program choices for 37,256 positions, the most ever offered in the Match.

This year’s Match Day took a drastic shift as medical schools across the country cancelled their traditional celebrations due to the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak. The USF Health Morsani College of Medicine quickly took their Match Day from an in-person celebration in downtown Tampa to a digital format – today at noon, each senior medical student received an email with a link taking them to a secure site to reveal their match letter.

In the months leading up to Match Day, students apply and interview for residency slots with institutions across the country. Beginning at Noon EST on March 20, U.S. medical students will open sealed envelopes to find out which school among their several selections accepted them and where they will train for the next three to seven years

For this year’s Match Day, the Class of 2018 includes 174 MCOM students, of which 50 are in the SELECT MD program and have spent the past two years in clinical rotations in Allentown, PA.

Stats: From the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine: 174 students matched; 32 students (18%) are staying at USF; 77 (44%) are staying in Florida; and 60 students (34%) chose primary care as their specialty (internal medicine, family medicine, and pediatrics).