After nearly four years of intensive training, 97 medical students in the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Class of 2009 learned today which residency programs they will enter following their graduation 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, 18,000 other applicants and 4,200 residency programs with 25,000 open positions. Based on this analysis, the NMRP determines who will fill each position, and the results are released nationwide at the same time. According to the NRMP, the 2009 Match Day was the largest in history with 29,890 applicants, including 15,638 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 Duke University Medical Center, Stanford University, the University of Chicago Medical Center, and Johns Hopkins University.
Nearly 56 percent of Wright State students will remain in Ohio during residency, and 44 percent will enter a primary care field such as family medicine, internal medicine or pediatrics. About 43 percent of the members of the Class of 2009 chose primary care specialties: Family Medicine: 11.3%, Internal Medicine: 16.5%, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics 1% and Pediatrics: 14.4%. The majority matched in 13 other specialties: Anesthesiology: 4.1%; Dermatology: %1%; Emergency Medicine: 9.3%; General Surgery: 11.3%; Neurology: 3.1%; Obstetrics & Gynecology: 5.2%; Orthopaedic Surgery: 4.1%; Pathology: 1%; Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: 1%; Plastic Surgery: 2.1%; Psychiatry: 8.2%; Radiation Oncology: 1%; and Radiology-Diagnostic: 3.1%.