For Release: March 15, 2007
Contact: DMS Communications 603-650-1492
Dartmouth Medical Seniors Meet Their "Match"
HANOVER, NH—Graduating Dartmouth Medical School students celebrated Match Day, a national rite of passage that reveals where newly minted physicians train as residents in US teaching hospitals. They joined a record number of medical school seniors vying for the highest ever number of available residency positions through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
Most of the DMS participants learned of their residency program today in noontime ceremonies at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Among the 54 DMS students slated to graduate in June, 47 participated in the match; two students had a military match, while five deferred their residency.
"There was a lot of excitement, positive energy and happiness in the room as the envelopes were handed out and opened. The results were superb, as we are now in the habit of seeing virtually every March," said Dr. David Nierenberg, senior associate dean for medical education. "The students owe most of their success to their own hard work and dedication. However, we should also recognize, as the they did yesterday in their class toast and informal comments, that some of the credit for these very fine results belongs to the DMS staff and faculty who have worked so hard on the students' behalf."
The Association of American Medical Colleges said that this year, 27,944 applicants applied for one of the 21,845 first-year residency slots available. Of the 15,206 applicants who were US medical school seniors, 14,201 matched.
Match results can be an indicator of career interests among graduating medical school students. Internal medicine was the most popular specialty for Dartmouth students, followed by pediatrics; 10 students will train at DHMC.
For more on the Match visit: http://www.aamc.org/newsroom/pressrel/2007/070315.htm