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March 16, 2012

SIU Med School Seniors and Residency Programs Get Match News

Senior medical students in the graduating Class of 2012 at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine were given results from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) on Friday, March 16, at the same time other U.S. medical students learned their matches to postgraduate training programs. Sixty-six SIU seniors have secured residency positions.

Fourteen SIU seniors (21%) selected family medicine residencies, eight (12%) chose internal medicine and seven (11%) selected emergency medicine. Six students (9%) matched in pediatrics, five (7%) matched in medicine-pediatrics, and four each (6%) in obstetrics/gynecology and radiology.

“I am pleased that so many of our students have chosen primary care specialties for their residency training,” said Dr. J. Kevin Dorsey, Ph.D., dean and provost. "Primary care physicians will be vitally needed as the demand for these physicians will grow in the years ahead."
Other match results for SIU seniors were three each (4%) in general surgery and psychiatry and two each (3%) in anesthesiology, neurological surgery, orthopaedic surgery and plastic surgery.  One student each (1%) will train in dermatology, medicine-preventative medicine, pathology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Thirty-four SIU medical students or 51 percent will train in the primary care specialties of family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics. If the four student matches in obstetrics/gynecology are included, the total rises to 57 percent.

SIU and its affiliated hospitals in Springfield attracted 12 SIU seniors for residency training.  Another 17 seniors picked other Illinois programs and 21 seniors selected Midwest programs, making a total of 50 SIU medical students (76%) who will begin training in the Midwest.

The Class of 2012 at SIU School of Medicine will graduate Saturday, May 19. New physicians begin their residency training in July 2012.

Match results also were announced Friday for SIU’s residency programs in Springfield, based at the School’s two affiliated hospitals – Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital. Seventy-two starting positions in Springfield were filled. The first-year residents will join 199 senior residents and fellows already in training at SIU programs in Springfield.

Thirty-five first-year positions were filled in primary care programs – general internal medicine (14), family medicine (11), general pediatrics (6) and obstetrics/gynecology (4). Nineteen positions were filled in the seven surgical programs – emergency medicine (6), general surgery (3), orthopaedic surgery (3), otolaryngology (2), plastic surgery (2), urology (2) and vascular surgery (1). Eighteen total positions were filled in other specialties – dermatology (2), medicine-psychiatry combined (2), neurology (3), preliminary medicine (4), psychiatry (4) and radiology (3).

“SIU and its affiliated hospitals have positioned themselves to attract highly qualified residents as indicated by our strong match results again this year,” said Dr. Karen Broquet, associate dean for graduate medical education. “SIU residents are integral members of the health care teams that provide quality care to patients from central and southern Illinois. We are pleased to welcome such a talented and diverse group of residents starting in June who will help fulfill the mission of SIU and its affiliated hospitals.”

SIU also has affiliated family medicine residency programs in Carbondale, Decatur and Quincy, each three years in length. Seventeen first-year positions have been filled for next year through the NRMP match and a similar program held last month for osteopathic physicians. These residents will join 36 senior family medicine residents and fellows at SIU’s affiliated hospitals -- Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur and Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

Established in 1970, the mission of SIU School of Medicine is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health needs through education, patient care, research and community service. An international leader in medical education, the School is based in Carbondale and Springfield and is specifically oriented to educating new physicians prepared to practice in Illinois. Since opening, nearly 2,400 physicians have graduated from its program. For information, call SIU’s main number, 217-545-8000, or go online,


NOTE:  The National Resident Matching Program no longer provides what percentage of medical students received their first, second or third choice of programs.