March 15, 2013
SIU Med School Seniors and Residency Programs Get Match News
Senior medical students in the graduating Class of 2013 at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine were given results from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) on Friday, March 15, at the same time other U.S. medical students learned their matches to postgraduate training programs. Sixty-eight SIU seniors have secured residency positions.
Nine SIU seniors (13%) selected family medicine residencies, eight (12%) chose internal medicine and eight (12%) selected pediatrics. Six students (9%) matched in radiology, five (7%) in preliminary surgery, four (6%) in emergency medicine, four (6%) in medicine-pediatrics, three each (4%) in general surgery, obstetrics/gynecology and orthopaedic surgery.
“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. “With so many of our graduates staying in the region, we can continue to strengthen the health-care services for our citizens.”
Other match results for SIU seniors were two each (3%) in anesthesiology, otolaryngology and plastic surgery. Internal medicine/primary care, neurological surgery, neurology, ophthalmology, pathology, psychiatry, radiation oncology, urology and vascular surgery attracted one (1%) student each.
Thirty SIU medical students (44%) will train in the primary care specialties of family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics. If the three student matches in obstetrics/gynecology are included, the total rises to 49 percent.
SIU and its affiliated hospitals attracted 16 (24%) SIU seniors for residency training. Another 12 seniors picked other Illinois programs and 26 seniors selected Midwest programs, making a total of 54 SIU medical students (79%) who will begin training in the Midwest.
The Class of 2013 at SIU School of Medicine will graduate Saturday, May 18. New physicians begin their residency training in July 2013.
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 210 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 (10), general pediatrics (7) and obstetrics/gynecology (4). Twenty positions were filled in the seven surgical programs – emergency medicine (6), general surgery (4), orthopaedic surgery (3), otolaryngology (2), plastic surgery (2), urology (2) and vascular surgery (1). Seventeen total positions were filled in other specialties – preliminary medicine (4), psychiatry (4), radiology (3), dermatology (2), medicine-psychiatry combined (2) and neurology.
“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 35 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, 2,472 physicians have graduated from its program. For information, call SIU’s main number, 217-545-8000, or go online, www.siumed.edu.
NOTE: The National Resident Matching Program no longer provides what percentage of medical students received their first, second or third choice of programs.