Friday, March 20, 2015, a day that students prepare for— years in advance—Match Day! Recently, applicants in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) received the news revealing the Institution and Program where they had been 'Matched' for their post graduate education as first-year Residents.
For Trinity School of Medicine, the 2015 Match processes (Trinity Students participated in both the U.S. and Canadian Residency Match programs) included Institutions in States and Provinces not represented in earlier Match cycles as well as fields of medicine new to our growing list.
New geographies, highlighted on the map below, secured in 2015 include:
- Quebec, Canada
Historically, with a significant number of Trinity students coming from the Eastern and Southeastern parts of the U.S. and Canada, it's not surprising to see the Residency placements following in geographic suit. More recently our student populations from the West and Midwest have been growing and it's likely we'll see new geographies trailing this trend in years to come.
Residency Match Results for 2015U.S.National Residency Match Program (NRMP) and Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMs)
|University of Alabama SOM||Family Medicine||Alabama|
|Phoenix Baptist Hospital||Family Medicine||Arizona|
|Medical Center Central GA/Mercer University SOM||Obstetrics-Gynecology||Georgia|
|Advocate Christ Med Center||Family Medicine||Illinois|
|Mt. Sinai Hospital||Family Medicine||Illinois|
|Louisiana State University Health Services||Family Medicine||Louisiana|
|Central Maine Medical Center||Family Medicine||Maine|
|MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center||Family Medicine||Maryland|
|Detroit Medical Center||Transitional||Michigan|
|Henry Ford Health System||Family Medicine||Michigan|
|St. Barnabas Medical Center||Radiology-Diagnostic||New Jersey|
|Jersey Shore University Medical Center||Medicine-Preliminary||New Jersey|
|Case Western University Hospital||Surgery-Preliminary||Ohio|
|Forbes Family Medicine||Family Medicine||Pennsylvania|
|Hershey Medical Center / Penn State||Pathology||Pennsylvania|
|Sacred Heart Hospital||Family Medicine||Pennsylvania|
|Virginia Commonwealth University Health System||Emergency Medicine||Virginia|
|McGill University Faculty of Medicine||Family Medicine||Quebec, Canada|
One of the unique advantages of Trinity's MD program is the ability to begin your medical education at any one of three intakes during the year—January, May or September. Four years from their starting point, students fulfill the requirements for graduation and as such, statistics for each 'Class' include multiple classes from a given year and are tabulated at the close of the calendar year.
How Trinity SOM Graduates Compete for Residencies—and Win
One of the misconceptions that plagues the minds of pre-med students considering options outside of U.S. MD programs is the idea that International Medical Graduates (IMGs) 'Can't get into a Residency'. The truth is, your opportunities are based far more on what you personally achieve during medical school versus the school itself. From the NRMP's 2014 Survey of Residency Directors, the top ranked criteria cited by the greatest number of programs used in selecting applicants for Residency interviews does not include 'Medical School Attended' but does include:
- USMLE Step 1 Score
- Letters of Recommendation in the Specialty
- Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE/Dean's Letter)
- USMLE Step 2 CK Score
- Personal Statement
One of the first keys to residency success is selecting an MD program that will put you in a position to achieve your full potential and thrive as a student. In a supportive environment, where you aren't competing for access to your professors, resources or class rank, you will be able to focus on learning and retaining the volumes of information you're expected to master as a medical student.
A second key to residency success comes later. After you've earned your Step Scores, gathered your letters of recommendation and reviewed your Evaluation from the Dean, you must carefully assess what you have to offer in terms of scores and grades and apply accordingly. Selecting residency programs and specialties based on your overall competitiveness within the framework of recent Match statistics should increase your opportunities. The National Residency Match Program releases Residency Match statistics annually with details from the number of positions in a specialty, number of applicants to those positions and the type of applicants (US IMG, US MD Senior, Non-US IMG, etc...) that applied and were Matched. Additionally they provide the ranges of USMLE Step Scores of the applicants who were Matched. Utilizing this information to target where you as an applicant can compete is critical.
Get additional advice from Trinity Graduates on Residency Success.
In the chart below you'll see a sampling of the major specialties, the number of positions offered in each and equally as important, the number of programs that will typically invite U.S. IMGs for Residency interviews.
MCAT Scores: A Measure of Future Success or an Admissions Tool?
Studies have cited that a correlation exists between MCAT scores and Step 1 scores. The trend exists with Trinity's students when looking at the Step 1 Score average from a group of students within the same MCAT score range. However, the MCAT is not meant to be a measure of whether an individual will be a quality physician one day. The MCAT is used to help medical schools fill their incoming classes. That there is only space available for approximately 40% of those applying is an artificial barrier that should not suggest that someone not offered admission should forego their hopes of being a physician.
In the chart below, we are able to illustrate that it's what you achieve in medical school that truly counts. Each of the orange spheres represents a Trinity Graduate who secured a Residency position and the Step 1 score they earned to do so.
How was it possible for students with average MCAT scores to makes the leaps and bounds to competitive Step 1 scores and ultimately Residency placement?
- FOCUS: Students were removed from their normal day to day lives for two years, surrounded by like-minded individuals with shared goals and in an environment free of distractions where their time was devoted solely to the study of medicine
- DRIVE: To go abroad to pursue their medical education, these students had determined they would stop at nothing, including leaving their home country, to realize their goal.
- THE MD PROGRAM: Led by a former U.S. medical school Dean, the faculty, curriculum, resources and small campus environment combine to offer students a unique foundation to excel and reach their full potential.
Today, one in every four practicing physicians in the U.S. and Canada is an International Medical Graduate. If you have the focus, drive and support of a strong MD program, you too have the tools to join the health care system as a licensed physician. Ask yourself, is your ultimate goal to get into a U.S./Canadian medical school, or is your goal to become a Physician? If it's to become a physician, what are you waiting for?