Med Students Learn Fate at Match Day
On March 17, 108 LSU Health Shreveport medical students got the eagerly awaited news of where they will go for training after graduation. The announcements were cheered by more than 500 family, friends, faculty and fellow students at a special ceremony called Match Day. The event is held simultaneously at medical schools around the country on the third Friday in March. Each LSU Health student opened a sealed envelope during the ceremony to learn his or her fate.
Forty-nine of the students (46%) will pursue at least part of their residencies in Louisiana, including 31 (29%) who will stay in Shreveport. Studies show that physicians are more likely to remain to practice in the areas where they train. That could help ease some of the physician shortages on the horizon in Louisiana – particularly among primary care physicians.
"The residency match is increasingly competitive. We’re thrilled that several of our students will be staying in Shreveport and the state of Louisiana. For those matching in spots across the country, we know they will represent LSU Health Shreveport well—and we hope to recruit them back here one day,” said Chancellor and Medical School Dean G.E. Ghali, MD, DDS, FACS, FRCS(Ed).
Notably, 50% of the soon-to-be graduates will go into primary care residency programs. Primary Care specialties include Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Obstetrics-Gynecology. Internal Medicine was the specialty with the most matches.
Students matched to programs across the nation, including Stanford, Wake Forest, Mayo and UAB.
The order of students to receive their envelopes is determined by random drawing. One tradition of Match Day at the School of Medicine in Shreveport is for each student to chip in $10 for a pot that goes as consolation to the student whose name is called last on Match Day. This year the money went to Justin Creel, who is heading to LSU Health New Orleans in Dermatology.
Also part of the match today, the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine successfully matched with 117 students who will train at University Health and other partner hospitals, filling 95.1% of 123 available positions. Those positions are now 100% filled, following the first round of Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP).
During their senior year, students apply and interview for their preferred residency positions throughout the nation. Their selection is administered through the National Resident Matching Program of the Association of American Medical Colleges. NRMP, also known as “The Match,” is a computer algorithm that uses the preferences of the medical student applicants to the preferences of the residency programs to simultaneously place all graduating medical students in training programs.
The students in this year’s match will complete their four years of medical school training and receive their MD degrees in May. Residency training begins July 1.