For Release: March 17, 2005
Contact: DMS Communications (603) 650-1492
Match Day Arrives at Dartmouth
Hanover, NH - Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) graduating students joined more than 14,700 US medical school graduates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) to learn where they will continue their training as residents in U.S. teaching hospitals. This year, 67 DMS students matched to programs, making it one of the largest matching classes in recent years.
Most DMS seniors learned of their match in a ceremony at noon where DMS Dean Stephen P. Spielberg, MD, PhD, presented the envelopes to the students. They were among 23,5000 applicants from the US and abroad who collectively matched to over 22,221 first- and second-year residency programs.
The NRPM is an indicator of the career interests of future physicians across the country. For Dartmouth students, family practice, despite a national decline in interest among other medical school graduates was the most popular specialty (10), followed by internal medicine (8) and pediatrics (8).
Applications in psychiatry residencies continued to rise for the fourth consecutive year, reflecting a growing in interest in this field. A fourth-year student at DMS who matched to a position in psychiatry, Thaddeus Shattuck, said he felt "euphoric" after opening his letter and discovering that he will be heading to his top choice, Brown University for his residency. "It is a little bittersweet," he said. "While I am really looking forward to continuing my training in Rhode Island, I am sorry to be leaving the wonderful community at Dartmouth."
Rounding out the most popular states for DMS students, 11 will conduct their residency in Massachusetts, ten in California, and seven in New York. Three students in the class will remain in New Hampshire and continue their training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.