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March 17, 2011

SIU Med School Seniors and Residency Programs Get Match News

Senior medical students in the graduating Class of 2011 at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine were given results from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) on Thursday, March 17, at the same time other U.S. medical students learned their matches to postgraduate training programs.  Sixty SIU seniors have secured residency positions.

Sixteen SIU seniors (27%) selected internal medicine residencies, nine (15%) chose obstetrics/gynecology and eight (13%) selected family medicine.  Five students (8%) matched in emergency medicine and four (7%) matched in pediatrics.

“Given the ongoing discussions about national health care reform and the need for a ‘medical home’ for everyone, I am pleased that so many of our students have chosen primary care specialties for their residency training,” said Dr. J. Kevin Dorsey, dean and provost.  “This year, we also saw our students being matched to highly competitive programs across the country.”

Other match results for SIU seniors were three each (5%) in anesthesiology, orthopaedic surgery, radiology and urology.  One student each (2%) will train in medicine-emergency medicine, medicine-pediatrics, neurology, plastic surgery, surgery-preliminary and transitional.

Thirty SIU medical students or 50 percent will train in the primary care specialties of family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics.  If the nine student matches in obstetrics/gynecology are included, the total rises to 65 percent.

SIU and its affiliated hospitals in Springfield attracted nine SIU seniors for residency training.  Another nine seniors picked other Illinois programs and 20 seniors selected Midwest programs, making a total of 38 SIU medical students (63%) who will begin training in the Midwest.

The Class of 2011 at SIU School of Medicine will graduate Saturday, May 21.  New physicians begin their residency training in July 2011.

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.  Seventy starting positions in Springfield were filled.  The first-year residents will join 182 senior residents and fellows already in training at SIU programs in Springfield.

Thirty-four first-year positions were filled in primary care programs -- family medicine (10), general internal medicine (14), 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).  Seventeen total positions were filled in other specialties -- dermatology (2), medicine-psychiatry combined (2), neurology (2), 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 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, more than 2,300 physicians have graduated from its program.  For information, call SIU’s main number, 217-545-8000, or go on line,