Today 112 LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine students learned where they will go for their residency training. On Monday, students received a notification from the National Resident Matching Program of the Association of American Medical Colleges, or the NRMP®, confirming if they matched with a residency program. Match Day is the culmination of years of educational dedication and months of interviews with clinical programs around the US. This year interviews were held virtually due to the pandemic. Students list their choices for residency programs, and institutions list their choices of students to fill them. A computer algorithm then simultaneously takes the list of programs ranked by the student and the list of students ranked by the residency programs to “match” or fill available program positions.
At medical schools nationwide, Match Day ceremonies are held in tandem on the third Friday in March. The landmark event is a career-defining moment when students and their families discover which residency program they matched with and where they will spend the next three to seven years completing their graduate medical education.
24.2% of the graduating class of 2021 will be staying at LSU Health Shreveport for their residency with 38.3% of the class pursuing their residency at either LSU Health Shreveport or New Orleans. 48% percent of the graduating students will be staying in Louisiana, which is critical with Louisiana facing a significant shortfall in the number of physicians need to meet the healthcare demand of the state. Also of note is that 42.8% are entering into primary care residencies comprised of Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Family Medicine and Medicine-Pediatrics. LSUHS students also matched with prestigious programs around the country including George Washington University, Emory, University of Indiana, UCLA, Baylor Scott and White, and University of Alabama.
Dr. David Lewis, Dean of the School of Medicine at LSU Health Shreveport stated, “Our medical school did incredibly well in the Match with 98% of our 115 students matching. These results are significantly better than many medical schools across the nation which reflects the commitment by our faculty to help each student achieve their personal best”.
Match Day also reveals newly minted physicians coming into the Shreveport-Bossier City area. LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine successfully filled all 139 residency positions available. The new group of LSUHS residents will be welcomed to Shreveport in July, where they will train at Oschner LSU Health Shreveport Academic Medical Center, St. Mary Medical Center and Monroe Medical Center along with other partner hospitals.
In total, the NRMP reported that 12,925 active applicants competed for 11,767 fellowship positions from 5,110 programs, making the number of applicants in the 2021 match through NMRP the largest on record resulting in 1,158 graduating medical students did not match. There was an 18% increase in US students receiving a traditional medical degree, and a 72% increase in US students acquiring an osteopathic degree. The LSU Health Shreveport Class of 2021 will receive their Doctorate of Medicine on May 22.
“I am delighted we were able to hold an in-person Match Day ceremony this year to celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of the Class of 2021. It was extremely disappointing not only to the students and their families in 2020 for Match Day to be held virtually but to all those who have invested in the lives of these students over their four years. I congratulate each student who had a successful match today and applaud all our faculty and staff for the role they played in this important milestone in the lives of these students,” shared G. E. Ghali, DDS, MC,FACS, FRCS (Ed), Chancellor of LSU Health Shreveport.