Graduating medical students in the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine learned today which residency programs they will enter after receiving their medical degrees in May.
Gathered with family, friends and other supporters in the Medical Sciences Auditorium on campus, the students took part in a national event that has become a much-anticipated rite of passage for those on the brink of becoming physicians.
Each year, the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) analyzes the preferences of roughly 16,000 U.S. medical students, 14,000 other applicants and 4,200 residency programs with 25,000 open positions. Based on this analysis, the NRMP determines who will fill each position, and the results are released nationwide at the same time. According to the NRMP, the 2010 Match Day was the largest in history, with 30,543 applicants, including 16,070 U.S. medical school seniors.
Depending on where they match, students will spend the next three to five years as residents receiving advanced training in a primary care field or one of dozens of medical specialties. Wright State students matched in outstanding programs in Dayton, throughout Ohio, and across the country, including the Mayo Clinic's Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Yale, Georgetown, Boston University, the University of California, and the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Nearly half of the Wright State graduates will remain in Ohio during residency, and 43 percent will enter a primary care field such as family medicine, internal medicine or pediatrics. Nearly half of the Wright State graduates will remain in Ohio during residency, and 43 percent will enter a primary care field (Family Medicine: 12.8 percent; Internal Medicine: 15.1 percent; Internal Medicine-Pediatrics: 1.2 percent; Pediatrics: 12.8 percent; and Pediatrics/Emergency Medicine: 1.2 percent). The majority matched in 14 other specialties: Anesthesiology: 7.0 percent; Dermatology: 1.2 percent; Emergency Medicine: 7.0 percent; Neurology: 2.3 percent; Obstetrics & Gynecology: 9.3 percent; Ophthalmology: 2.3 percent; Orthopaedic Surgery: 2.3 percent; Otolaryngology: 2.3 percent; Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: 2.3 percent; Psychiatry: 4.7 percent; Radiology-Diagnostic: 5.8 percent; Surgery-General: 8.1 percent; Urology: 1.2 percent and Vascular Surgery: 1.2 percent.