CMU's third class of medical students matched with residencies

Seventy-one percent matched to primary care residencies

(Courtesy Photo | Central Michigan University Facebook Page) Students match with residencies on March 15.

Central Michigan University’s third class of medical students finally know where they are going after graduation in May.

Match Day 2019, which took place on March 15, was the day fourth-year medical students learned where they would serve their residency after graduation.

At CMU, 71 percent of the class matched into primary care residencies, according to University Communications. According to the National Resident Matching Program, primary care residencies include three main specialties: Internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics. Out of 32,194 first-year positions available nationwide, nearly half were primary care specialties.

Forty-five percent of CMU’s fourth-year students were matched to programs in Michigan, compared to 54 percent in 2018. Students were matched to programs in 22 states, including California, Florida, Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin. Three students matched to military residencies.

"To have such high percentages of our students match into Michigan residencies is evidence that we are staying true to our mission of preparing physicians to serve in rural and medically underserved regions of Michigan," said George Kikano, dean of the College of Medicine, in a University Communications press release.

The NRMP reported the highest number of match registrants ever with 44,603. Last year, the program had 43,909 registrants. Additionally, the program offered more positions than ever before, with 35,185 this year, compared 33,167 positions last year.

Specialties like emergency medicine, psychiatry, anesthesiology, obstetrics-gynecology, neurology and general surgery also reported growth in the number of available positions this year, according to the NRMP.