The news that reached P&S on the Monday preceding the 2011 Match Day did not register at first. Lisa Mellman, senior associate dean for student affairs, had to look at the data twice to be sure she understood it correctly. It was true: All 134 members of the Class of 2011 participating in the national match had matched. No need this year for the “P&S Scramble,” in which Dr. Mellman and faculty work with unmatched students to secure a match from the available residency openings in the country.
The students, too, knew on Monday that all had matched. The only mystery left, then, was their residency destinations. That information was unveiled at noon on March 17 when envelopes were opened at a reception held in Bard Hall.
Five couples matched this year, and four members of previous years’ graduating classes also participated in this year’s match.
The match was smaller than last year’s, when 165 fourth-year P&S students participated in the largest match in P&S history. The Class of 2010, with 166 students, was the school’s largest graduating class, and that match included 12 couples.
Nationally, match results showed a continuing trend of increased interest in family medicine. For the second year in a row, more students matched as family medicine residents, including nine who matched at P&S for family medicine residencies in Wisconsin, New York City (Manhattan and the Bronx), Idaho, Washington state, and Massachusetts. The number of U.S. seniors matched to family medicine positions rose by 11 percent over 2010. The two other primary care specialties that increased in popularity among U.S. seniors were pediatrics (12 P&S students matched to pediatrics residencies) and internal medicine (24 P&S students). More than 16,000 medical school seniors nationwide participated in the 2011 Match Day.
The National Resident Matching Program, started in 1952, uses a computerized mathematical algorithm, designed to produce the best results by aligning the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs to fill the thousands of training positions available at U.S. teaching hospitals.