The Stritch School of Medicine Class of 2017, along with other fourth-year medical students across the country, learned their residency Match on Friday, March 17 at the Health Sciences Campus. All medical schools around the country open their Match letters at the same time (11 a.m. CST) surrounded by family, friends, and teachers. The letters include the student’s location and specialty of the residency program where they will train for the next three to seven years.
A day to celebrate
Stritch’s Match Day celebration opened with a flash mob dance followed by speakers and the presentation of faculty awards.
Theresa Kristopaitis, MD, was the recipient of the Outstanding Classroom Educator Award and Trent Reed, DO, received the Outstanding Clinical Educator Award.
Loyola University Chicago President Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD, was also on campus for her first Match Day celebration as president.
“Not only have you have spent many long, hard hours studying to make it to this moment, but many of you have also dedicated volunteer time to our local community and you have traveled abroad through our global health initiatives,” said Dr. Rooney. “You are truly an impressive group and I have no doubt in my mind that you will go on to make Loyola proud.”
Interim Dean and Chief Diversity Officer Terry R. Light, MD, also celebrated Match Day by opening his letter from 40 years ago. Dr. Light had surgery on his Match Day and wasn’t able to participate in the ceremony with his classmates, so he opened his letter for his surgery residency at Yale along with the Class of 2017.
“Today is the day for me to open my envelope with you,” said Dr. Light. “I remain quite hopeful, as I know all of you do. Each of the senior students here today have successfully positioned themselves on the launching pad of an exciting career as a physician.”
The Stritch Class of 2017 has 150 students, and the largest portion, 45.5 percent, placed in Primary Care specialties. This was up 5 percent from the Class of 2016. Twenty one percent of those students are going into Internal Medicine and 8 percent are going into Family Medicine. The top five other specialties were Emergency Medicine (12 percent), Anesthesiology (10 percent), Obstetrics-Gynecology (5.5 percent), Psychiatry (3.5 percent), and Orthopaedic Surgery (3.5 percent).
Thirty nine percent of the class matched in Illinois, with 12 percent staying on campus for residencies at Loyola University Medical Center. Sixty four percent of students are staying in the Midwest, with 13 percent going to the East Coast, 12 percent going to the West Coast, and 11 percent going down South.
- There were 31,757 residency positions offered, 989 more than 2016. Nearly 36,000 students applied.
- Almost 80 percent of matched residents received one of their top three choices.
- From 2013 to 2017, the number of first-year residency spots in these fields grew by more than 10 percent: anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, and plastic surgery.