The envelope, please! Rowan med students meet their futures on Match Day

The envelope, please! Rowan med students meet their futures on Match Day

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GLASSBORO – Match Day is a day like no other. Four years after stepping forward to accept the white lab coats that signified their acceptance into the profession, 130 Rowan University graduating medical students gathered at two locations at midday on Friday, March 17. There, they were handed the thin, sealed envelopes that contained the most important information of their budding medical careers – the names of the hospitals and programs where they had “matched” and will spend the next three to seven years as physicians training in their chosen specialties.

At Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU), 56 graduating students, nervously awaited the final countdown until they could tear open the envelopes that hid their news. A few miles away, at the Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, 74 students from Rowan’s School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) gathered for that school’s Match Day celebration. The RowanSOM students were joined by more than 80 of their classmates who had previously matched under the American Osteopathic Association’s residency program.

“Match Day is one of the most important and memorable events of a physician’s medical career,” explains Annette C. Reboli, MD, Interim Dean of CMSRU.  “This is only our second class of graduates, but I’m proud to say that once again our students did exceptionally well.  Given the intense competition for residency spots nationally, our results are extraordinary!”

This year, over 43,000 applicants vied for fewer than 32,000 residency positions. More than 98 percent of the graduating Rowan medical students matched to residency programs, including in some of the most competitive specialties at prestigious programs across America.

More than half matched to primary care residencies (family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine or obstetrics/gynecology) and 85 students will continue their training at New Jersey based residencies, two important results noted by Thomas A. Cavalieri, DO, Dean of RowanSOM.

“With the expansion of health insurance access, primary care has become significantly more important to the health and well-being of our nation,” he said. “We also know that physicians are highly likely to practice medicine in the same location of their residency training. So, these results bode well for our efforts to help ease the physician shortage that is currently threatening the health care system in New Jersey and across the nation.”

The Graduate Medical Education program at RowanSOM also wrapped up a highly successful match season on Friday. The program filled all 61 intern and residency positions that it had available with 22 of those positions filled by RowanSOM graduating physicians.