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The Luck of the Graduates: St. Patrick's Day Brings Happy News to the Class of 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

 Ayala Miller's family seemed pleased by the news that she is heading to New York City's Weill Cornell Medical Center for a residency in Pediatrics.

Historic Davidge Hall was the site of Match Day festivities on March 17, 2011, when the School of Medicine's graduating class discovered where they'll pursue the next step in their medical careers. Held at the same time in medical schools around the country, Match Day is when fourth-year medical students find out the residency program into which they have been accepted. The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) conducts the Match nationwide, using a computer algorithm that aligns the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs in order to fill thousands of training positions available at U.S. teaching hospitals.

The torturous process takes more than an hour, with names called randomly as each envelope is pulled from a chest. Ethan Bassett brought a little fun to the suspense by adding musical cues as each of his classmates made his/her way up to the podium, the most popular being the theme from “Jaws” and the “Come on down” music from “The Price is Right.” Laura Park was the last one to receive an envelope. As a reward for her patience, she won a Maryland-themed piggy bank into which each student had put a monetary donation before accepting their Match letters. This money is traditionally used for an after-Match celebration.

This year, School of Medicine students matched at 85 different hospitals in 28 different states (up from 72 different hospitals in 24 states last year). Only 28% of the class will be staying in Maryland to train, many at the University of Maryland Medical Center, including the president of the Class of 2011, Chris Lemon. “I’m staying here for Em-Peds (Emergency Medicine-Pediactrics),” Chris discovered after opening his envelope.

Others, like Laura Caputo and Nancy Lentz, will be heading south. “I matched at Duke, internal medicine,” said a still-stunned Laura. “We’re going to North Carolina!” exclaimed Nancy, bouncing her two-year old daughter on her hip as she celebrated landing a residency at Duke as well.

Elizabeth Urban chose not to tear open her envelope at the ceremony. “I wanted something a little more personal,” she explained. “I have a lot of family waiting for me to open it with them.”

Here are the Match stats:

  • 19% matched in Internal Medicine, up from 17% last year
  • 9% matched in Pediatrics, up from 7% last year
  • 7% matched in Family Medicine, down from 8% last year
  • 10% matched in Emergency Medicine, up from 9% last year
  • 5% matched in General Surgery, down from 7% last year
  • 5% matched in OB/GYN, up from 3% last year
  • ]2% matched in Orthopaedic Surgery, down from 3% last year
  • 3% matched in Radiology, down from 8% last year
  • 1% matched in Psychiatry, down from 4% last year

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 Laura Caputo's dad was there to help her celebrate landing a residency in Internal Medicine at Duke.

 Chris Lemon shakes hands with Larry Pitrof, executive director of the Medical Alumni Association, who gave out Match Day coffee mugs to all the fourth-year students.

 YuanPu Zheng can't believe he's heading for New York, where he'll do a residency in Internal Medicine at Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.

 Each student put a monetary donation into a Maryland-themed piggy bank.

 Meghan Geraghty had her lucky shamrock shoes on when she learned she'd landed a residency in Medicine/Pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

 Jonathan Skupsky and wife Hadas, who graduated last year, were thrilled he matched in Internal Medicine at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, CA, since Hadas will also be doing her residency (in Dermatology) there.

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