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Mary Katherine Baker opens an envelope to discover that she matched in pediatrics at her first choice: the University of Alabama at Birmingham during Match Day 2013.
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After participating in a couples’ match, Kam Cheng & Erin Johnson learn they will be moving to McKeesport, Pennsylvania for residency during Match Day 2013.
More than 100 fourth-year students at the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine will learn Friday where they’ll be going for residency training. The life-changing moment will be shared with hundreds of onlookers as each LSU Health student opens a sealed envelope on Match Day starting at 11 a.m. Similar ceremonies will be going on across the country at the exact same time as they do each year, on the third Friday of March.
After four years of medical school, these students will graduate in May with an MD and will enter residency programs July 1 at teaching hospitals around the country. The residency training programs range from three to seven years, depending on the specific training program. Some will then pursue fellowships to further specialize. In the past three to six months, fourth year medical students have traveled around the country to be interviewed for prospective programs. Both students and programs then rank one another. They are matched with the help of a computer that takes the preferences of both into account.
Historically, a few residency fields match before the March 21 date. In a very competitive process that included 446 applicants for only 285 open urology positions, all five Shreveport students matched. Jesse Liang matched to one of two training slots at LSU Health Shreveport. The other students and their matches are: Jonathan Angelle, University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Jason Frischhertz, University of Mississippi; Chris Kannady, University of Texas (Houston); and Randy Vince, Virginia Commonwealth. Other early matches were in ophthalmology and Military Match. Lisa Sun matched in ophthalmology for LSU Health Shreveport. Military Matches were: Rachel Farr, Emergency Medicine, Madigan Army Medical Center; Jessica Fennell, Psychiatry, NMC Portsmouth; Ryan King, Psychiatry, NCC-Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Dewey Thoms, Neurological Surgery, University of Texas at San Antonio.
The rest of the Class of 2014 will have to wait until Friday to hear their fate. Students’ names will be drawn randomly to open the envelopes and the final student to “match” receives a pot of more than $1,000 thrown in by fellow classmates as a consolation for being the last to know where he or she will go.
On the flip side, LSU Health Shreveport administrators will also learn Friday which new physicians will enter residency programs at University Health Shreveport, the teaching hospital for LSU Health Shreveport. One-hundred and twenty six residency slots in 21 programs are open here. The results will affect not just the campus but also the surrounding region, since the majority of physicians remain and practice in the same community as their residency program.