Match Day 2010
posted March 28th, 2010
Fourth-year medical students Arwen Long (left) and Jennifer Yang, joined by friend Justin Acciavatti, celebrate their Match Day assignments.
The annual Match Day reception in the Searle Center Lecture Hall on March 18 was true to form. As the room filled with faculty, family and friends – and a growing sense of excitement – the 95 fourth-year medical students were called up one by one to get a sealed envelope holding the answer to where each will spend their residency years.
After the last student had been called up, it took just seconds for the anxious students to slice open the envelopes.
“Ecstatic. Speechless,” said Arwen Long about her reaction to opening her envelope and finding she’d matched to her first choice for emergency medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati.
Long is finishing eight years at Duke as an MD/PhD student. While her research in neuroscience may not seem related to emergency medicine, she is interested in studying patient and doctor behavior in the emergency department.
“I’m honored to be leaving Duke having trained with so many amazing physicians, nurses, social workers and scientists,” she said.
Among her fellow students, 30 will stay here at Duke for their graduate training, five will go to Harvard programs, five to Stanford programs, and five to University of Washington programs. Six others will complete their residencies in New York City.
Nationally, this year’s match was the largest ever, and since 2006 there’s been an increase in more than 4000 applicants, the result of an expansion in the number of spots at undergrad medical school programs. For this round, 82 percent of applicants matched to one of their top three choices.
The graphic below shows medical specialties in which the 95 students will get their training.
Read more in this Herald-Sun article, "Duke docs learn their residency locations".
Building on last year’s success, Duke Graduate Medical Education will fill all of its 166 residency spots. That’s in addition to 101 other recent medical school graduates who will come to Duke for their fellowships and other specialized training.
Of note, reported Kathryn Andolsek, M.D., associate director of Duke GME, the anesthesia program matched their first candidate to a new academic anesthesia track and has strong candidates for their regular anesthesia residency program.
The graphic below shows how many spots were filled for each of the Duke residency programs.
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