SIU Med Students, Residency Programs Meet Their Match
March 20, 2020, SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS – Senior medical students in the graduating Class of 2020 at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine received results from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) on Friday, March 20, at the same time other U.S. medical students learned their matches to postgraduate training programs. Sixty-one SIU students have secured residency positions.
Ten students (16%) will specialize in family medicine and 10 in emergency medicine. Pediatrics drew nine new residents (15%). Six students (10%) will specialize in internal medicine and six in radiology. Five (8%) will begin residencies in obstetrics-gynecology and five in anesthesiology. General surgery attracted four students (6%). Three students (5%) matched in the specialties of dermatology, anesthesiology and obstetrics. Neurology and orthopedic surgery attracted two each (3%), and one student matched in otolaryngology (2%).
Eighteen of the 61 students (30%) will begin training at SIU-affiliated programs, including two in medicine-preliminary.
“I’m so proud of every one of our medical students as they enter the next phase of their career, post-graduate training in residency and fellowship programs,” said Jerry Kruse, MD, MSPH, SIU Medicine dean and provost. “The COVID-19 precautions in place across the United States made the Class of 2020’s Match Day unique, and it underscores the crucial roles our learners will be filling as they matched into many excellent training programs. We’re looking forward to following their careers as clinicians, teachers, researchers and leaders.”
The Class of 2020 at SIU School of Medicine will graduate in May. Due to the pandemic, diplomas will be mailed to the new physicians. They will begin their residency training in July.
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 HSHS St. John’s Hospital. Seventy-seven starting positions in Springfield were filled. The first-year residents will join more than 225 senior residents and fellows already in training at SIU programs in Springfield.
Thirty-eight first-year positions were filled in general and preliminary internal medicine (16), family medicine (10), general pediatrics (8) and obstetrics/gynecology (4). Twenty-two positions were filled in the seven surgical programs – emergency medicine (8), general surgery (4), neurological surgery (1), orthopedic surgery (3), otolaryngology (2), plastic surgery (2) and urology. Seventeen total positions were filled in other specialties: psychiatry (6), radiology (3), dermatology (3), medicine-psychiatry combined (2) and neurology (3).
“The COVID-19 pandemic has really reinforced how important our trainees are to our community and our mission,” said Karen Broquet, MD, associate dean for graduate medical education. “We are very pleased with the outcome of this year’s match. SIU School of Medicine and our partner hospitals in central and southern Illinois continue to attract an amazing group of dedicated and accomplished physicians to the region.”
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. 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. The 3,000th new physician will graduate from its program in May. For more information, visit www.siumed.edu.
NOTE: Three medical students were matched prior to Friday: Omar Dawood in a Urology residency at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA; Aaron Hancock at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, FL; and Nick Lanzotti in the Urology residency at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.