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156 Seniors in the College of Medicine at UTHSC Offered Residency Positions On Match Day; Largest National Match on Record

One hundred fifty-six graduating medical students found out their places of residency during UTHSC’s Match Day. It was the highest national match on record. (Photo by Thurman Hobson/UTHSC)

On Friday, March 17, at the Memphis Botanic Gardens, the 2017 class of the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) discovered what their next step would be after graduation during UTHSC’s annual Match Day.

Match Day brings together graduating medical students to reveal whether or not they “matched” into a residency program of their choice. According to the official press release from the National Resident Matching Program, more than 43,000 graduating physicians applied for residency, and more than 31,000 positions were offered, making it the largest match on record.

College of Medicine students in Knoxville were all smiles as they opened their match letters at Neyland Stadium. (Photo provided by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

Out of 162 graduating seniors at UTHSC, 156 were offered residency positions. Fifty-eight graduating physicians will remain in Tennessee, with 55 of those individuals remaining within the UT System, comprised of Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville. The other 98 seniors will train out of state, going to institutions such as the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Case Western University, Cleveland Clinic, Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, and many more. The matches are divided into primary care and non-primary care specialties. UTHSC will have 72 students go into the primary care sector, while 84 will go into non-primary care.

“As you go out to all the training sites across Tennessee and the country, remember your alma mater, the UTHSC College of Medicine,” Susan Brewer, MD, FACP, associate dean of Student Affairs and Admissions and associate professor of medicine in the UTHSC College of Medicine, said addressing the gathering. “Return to us through your feedback, your support, and in our lovely memories.”

For more information on the National Resident Matching Program and how it works, visit www.nrmp.org.

Match Day Video: https://www.facebook.com/uthsc/videos/10154576805407753/