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SLU SOM Students Celebrate Residency Program Matches

by Maggie Rotermund on 03/15/2019
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Fourth-year students from Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine participated Friday in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). NRMP annually matches students with their preferred choice for residency.

Clare Brady

Fourth-year medical student Clare Brady, right, opens her match letter as her boyfriend and her father look on.  Brady matched into family medicine at Northwestern University. Photo by Ellen Hutti.

This year’s class matched into residency programs that included the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, Yale University, the University of California-San Francisco, Johns Hopkins University and the Mayo Clinic.  Many opted to stay in the Midwest, and SLU students will be well-represented at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Cleveland Clinic and here at SLU.

"This year was another tremendously successful year for SLUSOM with the National Residency Matching Program," said  Jamie Sutherell, M.D., M.Ed., associate dean for student affairs. "Our senior students matched across all specialties and into very prestigious residency training programs across the country. We are extremely proud of the achievements of our senior students and enjoy celebrating their success on Match day." 

Emma Dwyer

Emma Dwyer and Charles Anderson, co-presidents for the Saint Louis University School of Medicine Class of 2019, address family, friends and faculty before the Match Day ceremony begins. Photo by Ellen Hutti.

This year’s Match Day ceremony was held at the Four Seasons and included a brunch before the letters were distributed. Students brought parents, friends and family to celebrate with them. 

At 11 a.m., Sutherell began calling out names. As students came to the front of the room, they received sealed envelopes that contained letters announcing their residencies, which is the next step in their medical education. The envelopes remained sealed until all were distributed and the group then ripped open their envelopes at once.

Prior to Match Day, medical students rank their preference for specialties and medical institutions. Hospitals and other medical institutions also list their preference for residents. The rank lists are matched, which results in the selection of students for residency positions.

Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new cures and treatments in five key areas: cancer, infectious disease, liver disease, aging and brain disease and heart/lung disease.