It’s Opening Day for UND med students
Opening envelopes that held the secrets to where they will spend the next few years of their lives, 58 senior medical students, members of the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Class of 2012 at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, learned where in the United States they will hone their skills as resident physicians.
On Match Day, March 16, medical school seniors across the country found out where they will complete their residencies, a period of advanced intensive training in their chosen medical specialty before independent practice as a physician. Depending on the medical specialty, medical school graduates complete anywhere from three to seven years of residency training after medical school.
Match Day is the culmination of The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), a private, not-for-profit corporation established in 1952 to provide a uniform date of appointment to positions of graduate medical education or residency in the United States. Each year approximately 16,000 U.S. medical school seniors participate in the residency match. Students as well as residency program directors register their preferences for each other with the NRMP. The NRMP then feeds the rank-ordered choices of the students and directors into a computer, which provides an impartial match between the two groups. In the third week of March, at the same time across the country, students open envelopes to find the results of the match.
“The match is all about what our students will do after they graduate. It is the culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication to become professionals,” said Robert Beattie, chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine and interim associate dean of Student Affairs and Admissions for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “Once again our students have done an exceptional job of preparing themselves to be successful.”
UND medical students successfully matched in the traditional primary care specialties of family medicine (14), internal medicine (7), and pediatrics (5)—for a total of 26 or 44.8 percent of the class. Other specialties chosen by this year’s class include anesthesiology, child neurology, dermatology, emergency medicine, general surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopaedic surgery, pathology, plastic surgery, psychiatry, and radiology.
“Students from the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences are well regarded throughout the nation because of their broad-based educational foundation and work ethic,” Beattie said. “We also know that many of our students who choose a training site outside of our state do return after residency to provide care for the citizens of North Dakota.”
For the complete Residency Match List, please visit www.med.und.edu/studentaffairs/documents/match-list.pdf.
-- Denis MacLeod, assistant director, Office of Alumni and Community Relations, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 777-2733, firstname.lastname@example.org.