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Match Day coming and going

March 21, 2012

What was left of the balloon drop after Brown's Match Day celebration. Photo by Megan Hall

Last Friday, medical students across the country learned where they’ll spend their residencies during the annual tradition of “Match Day.”  I was at Brown’s celebration, where organizers told me it was the first time they’d used a balloon drop.  It was also the first Match Day in the university’s new medical school building.

Match Day works this way- at the stroke of noon, medical students rip open envelopes with the names of where they’ll end up in the fall.

The contents of the envelopes are the result of a “match” made by a computer after comparing students’ top choices with the preferences of medical institutions across the country.

Where did Brown’s students end up, and what will they be doing? Here are some quick numbers-

Out of 72 students going straight to residency programs-

  • 10 will stay in Rhode Island
  • 19 are staying in New England

In terms of specialty, 31 (or 43%) are pursuing some type of primary care. That includes internal medicine, family medicine, and pediatrics.

Here’s the break down for everyone else-

  • 5 in Ob/Gyn
  • 5 in Radiology
  • 4 in Emergency Medicine
  • 4 in Anesthesiology
  • 4 in Surgery-prelim
  • 3 in Neurological surgery
  • 3 in Dermatology
  • 3 in Ophthalmology
  • 2 in Psychiatry
  • 2 in Otolaryngology
  • 2 in Orthopaedic surgery
  • 2 in Neurology

But don’t forget, the Ocean State isn’t just home to a medical school; it’s also the site of plenty of hospitals. Here are the numbers on the residents that “matched” with Rhode Island Hospital-

  • 47% are women
  • 121 (99%) are graduates of US medical schools
  • 9 (7.7%) are graduates of the Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • 27 (22%) are graduates of the top medical schools in research, primary care, or both (according to US News and World Report)

Where did these students come from? Here are some of the top schools-

  • University of Vermont (11 residents)
  •  Brown (9)
  •  Tufts (8)
  •   University of Massachusetts (8)
  •  Northwestern (3)
  •  Harvard (2)
  • University of North Carolina (2)
  • University of Washington (1)
  • Yale (1)
  • Columbia (1)

Reactions? Do these numbers tell you anything about the future of medicine in the Ocean State?

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