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Fourth years learn where they'll have their residencies


March 25, 2011

Virginia Sheaffer, vsheaffe@temple.edu



Each year, the third Thursday of March is a day of anxious anticipation for medical students around the country, and for good reason: that’s when they find out where they’ll start their next one to seven years of residency training. And the only thing separating them from that knowledge is a sealed envelope!

On March 17, the first floor commons of the Medical Education and Research Building was buzzing with Temple medical students and family members. After a brief countdown to the fateful noon hour, Match Day 2011 was underway, as the students tore open the envelopes that revealed their fates.  Many wore green "Kiss Me, I Matched" T-shirts, as Match Day was St. Patrick's Day too.


According to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), the 2011 Residency Match was the largest in NRMP history, with more than 26,000 positions and almost 38,000 applicants nationwide.  For the second year in a row, more U.S. medical school seniors will train as family medicine residents, an increse of 11 percent over 2010.  The primary care specialties of pediatrics and internal medicine also increased 3 percent and 8 percent respectively over last year.

Match Day did not disappoint Temple students, who matched to very fine residency programs. While many students will train in hospitals around the country – internal medicine at Yale, neurosurgery at Case Western, emergency medicine and pediatrics at Duke - 33 percent of the students will stay in Pennsylvania for their residency and 16 percent will remain at Temple. Internal medicine was the most popular specialty among the soon-to-be Temple medical school graduates, chosen by 26 percent, followed by emergency  medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, psychiatry, surgery and orthopaedics.

The faculty and staff of Temple University School of Medicine congratulate the Class of 2011 for their successful match and wish them well as they enter their post-graduate training programs across the United States.


2011 Match results sorted by: Top specialties chosen for 2011:








   Internal Medicine              26%


   Emergency Medicine        13%


   Pediatrics                            10%


   Family Medicine                    9%


   Psychiatry                               4%


   Surgery                                   5%


   Orthopaedics                        2%

2010 Match results sorted by: