Geisinger Commonwealth’s Class of 2017 celebrates successful Match Day

Friday, March 17, 2017

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Today eighty-eight students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth), the largest class in the school’s history, learned their residency placements during the National Resident Matching Program. “Match Day” occurred simultaneously at medical colleges around the country in an exciting event in which all fourth-year MD students opened their envelopes to learn where they will spend the next three to seven years training in specialties. Residencies begin July 1.

“We are proud of the success of our Class of 2017,” said Steven J. Scheinman, MD, president and dean of Geisinger Commonwealth. “Again this year, our students matched into both excellent local residency programs, as well as some of the most competitive programs and specialties in the nation. I am also glad that, once again, our students chose primary care in large numbers,” Dr. Scheinman said, pointing out that 50 percent (44 of 88) of Geisinger Commonwealth’s Class of 2017 matched into a primary care specialty – family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics or obstetrics/gynecology.

Of the 44 students who matched into a primary care area, 15 are from northeastern Pennsylvania. Of the 44, 18 matched with residencies in internal medicine. In addition, 10 matched in pediatrics, six in family medicine and 10 in obstetrics/gynecology.

The dean proudly noted that 32 members of the Class of 2017 matched into a Pennsylvania-based program, including 13 local students.  “Matching into a Pennsylvania-based residency is an encouraging indicator, because physicians tend to end up practicing in areas close to where they trained,” Dr. Scheinman said, adding that Pennsylvania-based residencies comprised more than one-third of Geisinger Commonwealth’s total match.

Two students will remain in Scranton for residency training in programs offered by The Wright Center.  “I am particularly pleased that, of the two students who will train at The Wright Center, one will be training in psychiatry, a specialty greatly needed in our region. The program our student will begin in July is a new one and is a direct result of the partnership between our Behavioral Health Initiative and The Wright Center to address the most pressing health needs of our community.”

Dr. Scheinman also observed that Geisinger Commonwealth applicants matched into some of the most competitive specialties in American medicine, including dermatology, radiation oncology, plastic surgery, urology and orthopedic surgery. In addition to the large number of Geisinger Commonwealth students who will train at leading community-based programs, several students will go to residencies at highly competitive teaching hospitals, including those associated with Brown University, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Johns Hopkins and Harvard.

According to the National Resident Matching Program, the 2017 Match included 43,157 total registrants competing for 31,757 positions. Among them were 18,539 fourth-year MD students who submitted their program preference lists, including the 88 from Geisinger Commonwealth. 

View the residency matches for Geisinger Commonwealth’s MD Class of 2017.

Read National Resident Matching Program’s (NRMP) Match Day Press Release.

GEISINGER COMMONWEALTH 
MATCH DAY BY THE NUMBERS

Specialty

No. Students Matched

Anesthesiology

2

Dermatology

1

Diagnostic Radiology

5

Emergency Medicine

9

ENT

2

Family Medicine

6

General Surgery

5

Internal Medicine

18

Medicine Pediatrics

1

Neurology

4

Obstetrics

10

Orthopedic Surgery

3

Pathology

1

Pediatrics

9

Physical & Mental Rehabilitation

1

Plastic Surgery

1

Preliminary Surgery

2

Psychiatry

6

Radiation Oncology

1

Urology

1

TOTAL

88

 

Primary Care

No. Students

Family Medicine

6

Internal Medicine

18

Medicine Pediatrics

1

Obstetrics

10

Pediatrics

9

 TOTAL

44

50% of the our MD Class of 2017

(47% nationally)

LOCAL STUDENTS BY COUNTY:

County

No. Students

Lackawanna

10

Luzerne

7

Lycoming

2

Monroe

2

Schuylkill

3

TOTAL

24

32 matched to Pennsylvania residencies; 13 of the 32 are local students

 

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Elizabeth Zygmunt
Director of Media and Public Relations
Office: 570-504-9687
On Call: 570-687-9703

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