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Senior medical students graduating from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine have again matched with competitive residency training programs for the next stage of their training.

SIU seniors received the results from the National Resident Matching Program March 15 and learned where they will be doing their residencies, which follows medical school.  Dr. Erik Constance, associate dean of student affairs at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, says sixty-eight SIU medical students were matched with residency programs in Illinois, the Midwest and around the country.  Constance explains the Match program.

“The process involves the medical students applying to all the residency programs across the country and they then rank those places, their choices and then the residency programs also rank.  It all goes into a computer and every medical student in the county finds out at the same time where they are going to be doing their residency.”

Forty-four percent of this SIU graduating class of medical students will enter primary care specialty residencies.  Primary care specialties include family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology.  Dr. Constance explains where the students will do their residencies.

“... a large proportion of students are training here in Illinois. A good number here at SIU, but also a lot of them are staying in the Midwest.  I think that says a lot about how attractive the Midwest is to people in general.  And again, hopefully these guys will go and get great training and they will return to practice in the State of Illinois.”

Dr. Constance says Match Day is the culmination of the four years of medical school for the students who will begin their residency training in July after their graduation in May.

Ruth Slottag