News Release: Student Life

Mar. 20,  2009

School of Medicine Students Celebrate Match Day 2009

From Woodruff Health Sciences Center News

Graduating medical students at Emory University School of Medicine gathered on campus for the highly anticipated moment when they discover where they will train as residents. Students simultaneously opened sealed envelopes in the presence of friends and family during the suspenseful annual Match Day ceremony.

The participating Emory students were among thousands nationwide who applied for residency positions at US teaching hospitals through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) that annually matches students with residency programs. They joined approximately 16,000 US medical school seniors to learn where they will spend their years of residency training following graduation.

Of the 109 Emory graduating seniors, 105 participated in the NRMP. Forty-five of the graduating students will remain in the State of Georgia and forty-three will remain in Emory’s Affiliated Residency Training Programs in either one or both of their first or second years. Four of the students deferred residency.

"The results of this year's residency matching demonstrate once again the strength and caliber of medical students educated by Emory University School of Medicine," says J. William Eley, MD, MPH, executive associate dean for medical education and student affairs, Emory School of Medicine.

"These new graduating physicians will be trained in prestigious programs across the nation and in a diverse variety of medical and surgical fields," says Eley.

Some of the most popular specialties chosen by Emory's graduating seniors include Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anesthesiology, General Surgery, Diagnostic Radiology, Psychiatry and Orthopaedic Surgery. Their training will be at such prestigious institutions as Emory University, Brigham & Women’s, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, UCLA Medical Center, Duke and Georgetown.

The Match was established in 1952, at the request of medical students, to provide a fair and impartial transition to the graduate medical education experience. A computer is used to match the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs in order to fill the available training positions at US teaching hospitals.

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