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LSUHS School of Medicine Students Celebrate Match Day

Today, March 18, 2022, One hundred and forty (140) LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine students learned where they will go for their residency training. For Match applicants, Match Day symbolizes the transition from undergraduate to graduate medical education, the day when they learn which residency training program they will attend as they begin their careers as physicians. It is a day filled with emotion as applicants reflect on all they have accomplished.

This year, the NRMP provided matching services to more than 42,000 applicants. The NRMP maintains a highly secure environment for applicants and programs to be able to rank their true preferences, confidentially, without undue pressure. The matching algorithm then attempts to place applicants into their most preferred training program that also prefers them.

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.

This year, 99.3% of LSU Health Shreveport’s applicants matched continuing this strong indicator of competitiveness of a national level. 31.2% of the graduating class of 2022 will be staying at LSU Health Shreveport for their residency with a total of 41.8 % of graduates matching to a LSU residency site. 44.5% of the graduating students will be staying in Louisiana, which is critical with Louisiana facing a significant shortfall in the number of physicians needed to meet the healthcare demand of the state. Also of note is that 49.9% are entering into primary care residencies comprised of Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and Medicine-Pediatrics. Of the 55.5% pursuing residencies outside of Louisiana, they will do so at prestigious programs around the country including Duke, Georgetown, Emory, Wake Forest, Case Western, Baylor, UCLA and UT Southwestern.

Dr. David Lewis, Interim Chancellor and Dean of the School of Medicine at LSU Health Shreveport stated, “I am so proud of our students’ success in matching to a residency. It should be noted that their path to this accomplishment included navigating multiple years of a pandemic both personally and academically. I wish each of them continued success moving forward and I offer my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to our faculty and staff who deliver exemplary medical education while personally caring for each student.” 

Match Day also reveals newly minted physicians coming into the Shreveport-Bossier City area. LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine successfully filled all 131 residency positions available. This new group of LSUHS residents will be welcomed to Shreveport in July, where they will train at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Academic Medical Center, St. Mary Medical Center, and Monroe Medical Center along with other partner hospitals.

Learn more about Match Day at LSUHS and view the Photo Gallery.


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