Rush Medical Students Match Up Well

Monday, March 21, 2016

Students get residency assignments at Match Day ceremony

Emotions soared as fourth-year Rush Medical College students found out where they will be receiving their residency training. They gathered at the Union League Club of Chicago on March 18 for Match Day, when medical students across the United States simultaneously open envelopes containing information about their future in medicine.

A total of 126 Rush medical students matched with residency programs in 20 different specialties across 71 institutions. You can see the day’s excitement and heartfelt moments by watching the video below or by taking a look at a photo gallery on Rush University’s Facebook page. You also can see a complete list of matches by specialty and institution.

“I congratulate our students on their residency appointments,” says Thomas Deutsch, MD, Rush University provost. “They reflect the students’ strong commitment, which has prepared them to be outstanding doctors, as well as the support of their faculty. On behalf of the entire Rush community, I wish them and their future patients well as they begin their careers as physicians.”

Match Day is the culmination of the process of applying and interviewing for residency programs at health care institutions across the country. Once they’re done interviewing, students rank their choices in a computerized system, and the programs in turn rank their top student picks.

Depending on a student’s chosen specialty, a residency will last from three to six years and leads to eligibility for board certification in a primary care or medical or surgical specialty. The residency is composed almost entirely of the care of hospitalized or clinic patients with supervision by senior physicians.

Rush will remain home for 22 students, who will conduct either their residencies or a one-year pre-residency internship at the Medical Center, while other students will train in residency programs at such prestigious institutions as Johns Hopkins Hospital, Duke University Hospital and Stanford. Internal medicine was the most popular specialty, with 22 Rush students being placed in medicine residency programs, followed by family medicine (16 placements), pediatrics (14) and emergency medicine (12).