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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 16 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-six SIU medical students were matched with residency programs in Illinois, the Midwest and around the country.  Constance explains the Match program.

SOUND BITE:   “It’s a process where during the fourth year of medical school, they apply to different programs.  They go for interviews and then both the students and the residency programs put in their choices into a computer and every senior medical student who is graduating this spring finds out at the same time where they are going to be doing their residency training starting this summer.”

Fifty-seven 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.

SOUND BITE:  “A large proportion of them are going to be staying in the Midwest.  And our goal is that they receive the best residency training they can and then hopefully, a lot of them will return to Illinois to practice medicine.”

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.

This is Ruth Slottag at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield.