Medical Students Meet their “Match” when the Clock Strikes Noon

Today at noon, medical students–including those from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and its Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine–opened envelopes to discover where their journey will take them for the next three to seven years as resident physicians.

The National Residency Matching Program says this year’s Match is the largest in history. A record-high 38,376 students applied for 35,185 program positions, the most ever offered in the Match. This exciting day is not only a rite of passage for new physicians, but results of the Match are watched closely as they can predict future workforce changes in the health-care field. 

Top residency choices include internal medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery, radiology and obstetrics-gynecology. 

Thirty-five percent of the class will go into primary care specialties. This year, 49 percent of surgery matches are women. 

Twenty percent of the graduates will continue serving the Cleveland community through residencies at University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth Medical Center, and 21 percent will remain in Ohio. 

As in years past, our 205 students who have matched were chosen by top programs throughout the United States. Thirty-eight percent of the class matched to residencies at top-ranked hospitals, according to 2018-2019 Best Hospitals Honor Roll rankings, such as: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Massachusetts General, UCSF Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, UCLA Medical Center and Mount Sinai Hospital.

“We are very proud that our medical students have matched to top, competitive residencies across the country and right here in Cleveland,” said Pamela B. Davis, MD, PhD, dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and senior vice president of medical affairs. “Today’s results are a demonstration of years of hard work as well as the strength of our programs. Many of our students are graduating to the next chapter of their medical careers with a long list of accomplishments, awards and even published works. I know they will make us proud, and I can’t wait to see what they do next.”

Added J. Harry Isaacson, Executive Dean of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, “We are delighted with the results of this year’s Match. We have an exceptionally talented group of graduating students that are highly sought after by the top residency training programs in the country. Today is a great celebration of our students’ accomplishments and potential to shape the future of medicine. We couldn’t be more proud.”

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