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Fewer U.S. medical students getting 'Match Day' residencies
Friday, March 18, 2011
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/03/fewer_us_medical_students_gett.html

Lissette Cespedesí mind was racing as she waited to rip open the white envelope in her hand at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark yesterday.
Would it tell the 27-year-old medical student she was spending the next few years of her life at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick? Cornell Medical Center in New York? Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx? Or some hospital on the other side of the country?

"Robert Wood Johnson! My first choice," Cespedes, of Union City, said after tearing open the envelope as her family cheered.
Similar scenes took place during "Match Day" events at medical schools across the country as students learned the names of the hospitals where they will be spending the next three to seven years completing their residencies. Following tradition, students around the nation ripped open their envelopes at the same time in noisy campus ceremonies.
For some students, including Cespedes, it was a day for celebration.

For others ó including a classmate standing near Cespedes who crumbled in tears after opening her envelope ó it was a day of despair as they learned they had been assigned to one of their last-choice hospitals in far-away cities.

U.S. medical students are facing growing competition for residencies from doctors trained at foreign medical schools. This yearís match was the largest in the 59-year-old history of the National Resident Matching Program, with nearly 38,000 applicants from around the world fighting for 26,000 positions at U.S. hospitals.

"Competition is tightening," said Mona Signer, the programís executive director. "The growth in applicants is more than the increase in positions."

A growing number of American students are not getting envelopes as more foreign doctors take residencies.

This year, the pool included 3,769 American medical students who trained in the Caribbean or other international schools, a 10 percent increase over five years ago, program officials said. The applicants also included 6,659 foreign doctors-in-training from overseas medical schools, a slight dip from last year.


Students from U.S. medical schools still have the best chance of landing a residency, with 94 percent of applicants getting an offer this year. About 40 percent of foreign students and 50 percent of American students who trained at overseas medical schools matched with a residency.



The program was created in 1952 to simplify the process of assigning future doctors to hospitals where they can complete their training. The students rank between one and 20 hospitals where they interviewed for a residency in their specialty. The hospitals also rank their top-choice students. Then, a computer algorithm crunches the numbers and matches medical students to hospitals.


At UMDNJ, only three of the 379 seniors at the universityís three medical schools failed to get an envelope this year, school officials said. The students learned early they didnít match with any residencies so they did not have to get the news at the "Match Day" ceremonies. They will have a second chance in the "scramble," a brief period where applicants can apply to hospitals that still have openings.


Students who still donít land a residency often take a year off and enter the match program again, hoping for better luck, school officials said.


At UMDNJís "Match Day" ceremonies in Newark, sheet cake and sparkling cider were waiting for the nervous students from New Jersey Medical School. Students wore green "Kiss me. I matched!" t-shirts in honor of St. Patrickís Day.


Vidhi Kapoor, 25, trembled as her parents leaned in close to watch her open her envelope. She burst into happy tears when she read she would be staying in Newark, doing a residency in pediatrics at University Hospital.


"I was so scared and emotional," said Kapoor, of Edison.
Nina Gutowski, 26, handed her letter to her mother to open because she was so nervous. Her mother handed it back and forced the orthopedic surgeon-in-training to open it herself. It said she was going to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, her top choice.


Years of hard work had come down to one line on a piece of paper, she said.
"It was worth it in the end," said Gutowski, of Princeton.

On one hand we complain that there is a shortage of physicians.
Number of positions available = 26,000
Number of Applicants = 38,000
Unlucky Physicians who will not get the position = 12,000
Probability of matching if US Med Grad = 94%
Probability of Match for US citizen FMG (3769) = 50%
Probability of Match for Non US Citizen FMG (6659) = 40%

Does anyone wonder why after four years of college and four years of med school is it fair for the new physician not to get the residency which they need in order to practise what they invested their whole life in? ~Vijay Mehta

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