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NERVES AND ELATION FOR TEMPLE STUDENTS
ON MATCH DAY 2012

March 20, 2012

CONTACT: Gregory J. Forester gregory.forester@tuhs.temple.edu

215-707-1747

 

Excitement builds as students Whitney Cox, Jonathan Haw and Kevin Haddix wait to learn their residency matches.  Photo by Ryan Brandenberg, Temple University.

Excitement builds as students Whitney Cox, Jonathan Haw and Kevin Haddix wait to learn their residency matches. Photo by Ryan Brandenberg, Temple University.

 

For graduating medical students all over the country, this time of year is synonymous with anxiety and excitement. It is, after all, in March that hard-working students learn where their next few years of medical education will take them during residency.

 

At Temple, the moment of truth came on Friday, March 16, in the commons of the School of Medicine’s Medical Education and Research Building. The space was filled with students clasping all-important envelopes containing letters identifying each student’s matching institution.

 

Unlike most of the letter-laden students, James Lachman will not require a plane ticket or moving van to continue on to the site of his medical residency. But the lack of geographic change isn’t getting him down. That’s because he has matched to his top choice for residency, and is quite happy with the site: Temple University Hospital (TUH).

 

“I am beyond thrilled to be staying at Temple,” says Lachman. “It was my number-one choice for Orthopaedics training.”

 

In staying in Philadelphia, Lachman is not alone. Out of 177 students, a total of 19 will remain Temple Owls in residency, equal to more than 1 in 10 Class of 2012 graduates. Among other institutions receiving sizeable numbers of Temple students is Boston University Medical Center, and familiar Pennsylvania institutions such as Thomas Jefferson University, Drexel University College of Medicine at Hahnemann University Hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

 

The students leaving Temple will bring many great memories with them, but on Match Day, some are already looking forward to new experiences and the positive attributes of new training settings. Less cold air and Northeast snow is a good example, said Temple student Jonathan Gutiérrez. Next year, Gutierrez is headed to Texas Tech University-El Paso for training in Emergency Medicine.

 

“For me, El Paso means warmer weather…and being closer to home,” said Gutiérrez, a Texas native. “Oh, and it’s also a great program for
Emergency Medicine.”

 

Gutiérrez’s specialty is one of the more popular for students in the Class of 2012 -- the class will send 18 out of 177 students into Emergency Medicine. The largest single specialty is Internal Medicine, with a 32-member plurality, equal to 18.7% of the class. Another 19 students chose Pediatrics.

 

According to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), more than 95 percent of U.S. medical school seniors - the highest rate in 30 years - have matched to residency positions, with 26,772 positions and 38,377 applicants nationwide. This is an increase of 614 over 2011. Internal medicine, anesthesiology and emergency medicine saw the largest increases in 2012.

 

Regardless of specialty, congratulations are in order for all Class of 2012 students as they prepare to continue medical training at Temple or elsewhere.

 

2012 Match results sorted by: Top specialties chosen for 2012:
 

     Institution

 

     Specialty

 

  

   Internal Medicine                18%

 

   Pediatrics                             13%

 

   Emergency Medicine            9%

 

   Ob/Gyn                                    8%

  

   Diagnostic Radioilogy         8%

 

   Surgery                                   6%

 

   Family Medicine                    5%

 

2011 Match results sorted by:

 

     Institution

 

     Specialty