For Release: March 21, 2008
Contact: DMS Communications 603-650-1492
It's a Match for Dartmouth Medical Seniors
HANOVER, NH—Joining their counterparts across the country, graduating Dartmouth Medical School students celebrated Match Day, a rite of passage when they learn where they will begin their training as newly minted physicians.
Most of the 62 DMS seniors slated to graduate in June participated in the largest ever Match, vying for one of the several thousand available residency slots in US teaching hospitals through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) that aligns students with positions.
The wonderful opportunities offered to the Class of 2008 with these Match results certainly reflect the many years of hard work and accomplish- ment of these students.
—Dr. Susan Harper
Noontime ceremonies March 20 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center were awash in excitement and relief as DMS seniors opened the envelopes that contained the news of their Match. The NRMP uses a computer algorithm to pair applicants with one of their preferences, weighted in favor of students where possible.
"The wonderful opportunities offered to the Class of 2008 with these Match results certainly reflect the many years of hard work and accomplishment of these students," said Dr. Susan Harper, assistant dean for medical education.
Match choices can indicate career interests among graduating medical school students. For DMS students obstetrics & gynecology was the most popular specialty, followed by internal medicine; Massachusetts drew the most students, primarily at Harvard-affiliated programs, then New Hampshire where students will train at DHMC.
This year, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the most applicants in history—28,737, including a record-high 15,242 US medical school seniors—competed for 22,240 first-year residency positions.
A list of specialty choices and locations follows.