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March 19, 2009

SIU Med School Seniors and Residency Programs Get Match News

Senior medical students in the graduating Class of 2009 at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine were given results from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) on Thursday, March 19, at the same time other U.S. medical students learned their matches to postgraduate training programs.  Sixty-four SIU seniors have secured residency positions.

Eleven SIU seniors (17%) selected internal medicine residencies and another six each (9%) selected emergency medicine, family medicine and pediatrics.  Five students each (8%) matched in obstetrics/gynecology and radiology.

“Our service to the state of Illinois begins with our ability to graduate caring and competent physicians, so I’m pleased that once again SIU medical students have been chosen by highly competitive training programs, both in primary and specialty care,” said Dr. J. Kevin Dorsey, dean and provost.  “We will track the progress of these new physicians and work to recruit them to practice in central and southern Illinois.”

Other match results for SIU seniors were four each (6%) in anesthesiology and general surgery and three students (5%) in ophthalmology.  Two students each (3%) matched in orthopaedic surgery, psychiatry and surgery-preliminary.  One student each will train in dermatology, medicine-preliminary, neurology, pathology, physical medicine/ rehabilitation, transitional year, urology and vascular surgery.

Twenty-four seniors (38%) will train in the primary care specialties of family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics.  If the five student matches in obstetrics/gynecology are included, the total rises to 45 percent.

SIU and its affiliated hospitals in Springfield, Decatur and Carbondale attracted 11 SIU graduates for residency training.  Another 14 medical students picked other Illinois programs and 24 others selected Midwest programs, making a total of 49 students (77%) who will begin training in the Midwest.

The Class of 2009 at SIU School of Medicine will graduate Saturday, May 16.  New physicians begin their residency training in July 2009.

Match results also were announced Thursday for SIU’s residency programs in Springfield, based at the School’s two affiliated hospitals -- Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital.  Fifty-eight starting positions in Springfield were filled.  The first-year residents will join 184 senior residents and fellows already in training at SIU programs in Springfield.

Twenty-nine first-year positions were filled in primary care programs -- family medicine (8), general internal medicine (12), general pediatrics (6) and obstetrics/gynecology (3).  Twelve positions were filled in the five surgical programs -- general surgery (3), orthopaedic surgery (3), otolaryngology (2), plastic surgery (2) and urology (2).

Seventeen total positions were filled in other specialties -- dermatology (2), medicine-psychiatry combined (2), neurology (2), preliminary medicine (5), psychiatry (3) and radiology (3).

“SIU and our affiliated hospitals look forward to welcoming another fine group of residents joining our health care teams as our programs continue to attract qualified and talented candidates, eager to begin their training with us,” said Dr. Karen Broquet, associate dean for graduate medical education.  “These men and women will join us in fulfilling our mission of providing quality health care to the people of central and southern Illinois.”

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 osteopath physicians.  These residents will join 38 senior family medicine residents and fellows at SIU’s affiliated hospitals -- Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, Decatur Memorial and St. Mary’s Hospitals in Decatur, and Blessing Hospital in Quincy.


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


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