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Good news for medical students about residency placements

by Jane Shaskan - March 26, 2007

For students at the UConn School of Medicine, Match Day, March 15, was an outstanding success, with almost all of them assigned to residency programs of their choice.

Seventy-five students from the Class of 2007 and three previous graduates participated in Match Day this year.

Each year the National Residency Match Program matches the preferences of thousands of medical school applicants with their preferences for residency programs, to fill the available training positions at teaching hospitals nationwide.

This year, 99 percent of UConn medical students secured their specialty choice through the match, compared with a national average of less than 94 percent.

“Nationally, this was one of the toughest matches, with the second highest number of unmatched U.S. students in the history of the program,” said Dr. Anthony Ardolino, associate dean for medical student affairs.

“All of your children have jobs,” he told the many parents in the audience.

Most students apply to one career specialty, such as pediatrics or surgery. A few apply to a second specialty, particularly if their first choice is very competitive.

Students generally apply to about 15 programs in their specialty area, ranked in order of preference.

“Year after year, our students match to the most prestigious residencies in the country, and this year is no exception. We are extremely proud of them,” said Ardolino.

“Our students are prepared for a future of enduring success.

”Twenty-five of this year’s UConn medical graduates will remain in Connecticut, including 16 at the Health Center.

Fourth-year medical students Barbara LeVarge, left, and Zowie Barnes learn where they will go for their residency.
Fourth-year medical students Barbara LeVarge, left, and Zowie Barnes learn where they will go for their residency.
Photo by Al Ferreira

The others will go off to Yale New Haven Hospital, St. Raphael’s Hospital, Middlesex Memorial Hospital, Hartford Hospital, and Stamford Hospital.

Within the northeastern region, 28 will be dispersed among institutions such as Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, N.H.; Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University; and, in Massachusetts, the New England Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Lahey Clinic, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Baystate Medical Center.

The remaining 24 students will be scattered across the country at the University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Francisco, University of Minnesota Medical School, Ohio State University Medical Center, the Cleveland Clinic, and Mount Sinai Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in New York, among others.

One student was placed in a residency outside the match program.

Primary care residency programs, mostly in internal medicine and pediatrics, with family medicine not far behind, accounted for 37 student/residency matches.

Emergency medicine and general surgery were the top two programs for the remaining 40 students.

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