FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 20, 2015
Contact: Leah Clark Payne, Public Affairs Director, Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy 304-691-1713
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Like graduating medical students across the country, Marshall University’s 4th-year students were notified today where they will be spending the next three to seven years of their medical training.
In all, 63 students learned their residency placements at noon during a “Match Day” ceremony in the Memorial Student Center’s Don Morris Room when they opened envelopes containing their residency decisions.
“I am pleased to congratulate our soon-to-be graduates. We share their excitement as they prepare to go on in their training,” said Joseph I. Shapiro, M.D., dean of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.
Just over 48 percent of graduating seniors will enter fields defined as primary care in West Virginia – family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, internal medicine/pediatrics, and pediatrics – continuing Marshall’s mission of educating physicians for the nation’s rural areas. Additionally, about one-third of the class will remain in West Virginia, with more than a dozen new doctors staying for training at Marshall.
Amy Smith R.N.,M.Ed, assistant dean of student affairs, said Marshall had students match into several competitive fields of medicine.
“Our students placed into fields including anesthesiology, radiology, orthopaedics, and dermatology,” Smith said. “Marshall students are heading to programs at Dartmouth, Tufts, Wake Forest, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt and the University of Florida. Additionally, we had students match into great programs in primary care across the country.”
Marshall’s department of psychiatry also marked its first inaugural match as a residency program. Four graduating medical students, including two from Marshall, matched into the four available slots.
The National Residency Matching Program connects graduating seniors with graduate medical programs across the country using an algorithm which pairs the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs resulting in a best result for graduating students.
A gallery of photos from the day's event is available for viewing:
Date Posted: Friday, March 20, 2015