Trinity SOM Graduates Secure Residency Placements in the U.S. and Canada in 2016

Trinity SOM Graduates Secure Residency Placements in the U.S. and Canada in 2016

In many parts of the world, March is a month of new beginnings. That premise certainly holds true in the world of medical students. Each March, the United States and Canada conduct a national residency match program that pairs fourth year and graduate medical students with residency training programs, a critical component to becoming licensed to practice.

U.S. and Canadian Residency Match Programs

The match process utilizes an algorithm that attempts to connect an applicant's top ranked choice with an institution that has indicated an interest in the applicant. This results in students securing highly coveted placements in a specialty and at an institution where they will begin the next phase of their physician training.

To be successful in this highly competitive process, applicants must start planning their approach years in advance. The strongest applications are those that have been constructed over time and include activities and initiatives that set a candidate apart from the other capable, well prepared candidates. While top board scores can get an applicant in the door, getting a seat at the table requires sparkling letters of recommendation, eloquent personal statements, descriptive dean's letters and, in many cases, an ability to showcase their skills in front of the right people. The outcomes this year are a testament to our students efforts, education, and overall match strategy.

2016 Residency Placements for Trinity School of Medicine grads and students

Program

Specialty

State/Province

University of South Alabama College of Medicine Internal Medicine Alabama
Danbury Hospital Obstetrics-Gynecology Connecticut
Kendall Regional Medical Center Ctr Anesthesiology Florida
Ocala Health System Internal Medicine Florida
Med Center Central Georgia/Mercer Univ. SOM General Surgery Georgia
Med Center Central Georgia/Mercer Univ. SOM Internal Medicine Georgia
Med Center Central Georgia/Mercer Univ. SOM Pediatrics Georgia
Cook County-Stroger Hospital Anesthesiology  Illinois
Weiss Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine Illinois
Deaconess Hospital Family Medicine Indiana
Louisiana State University SOM Family Med/Rural-Bogalusa Louisiana
University of Maryland Medical Center Surgery-Preliminary Maryland
St. Josephs Regional Medical Center Family Medicine New Jersey
St. Michael s Medical Center Internal Medicine New Jersey
Bronx- Lebanon Hospital Psychiatry New York
Harlem Hospital Center Internal Medicine New York
Stony Brook Hospital  Surgery-Preliminary New York
Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center Medicine-Primary New York
Wyckoff Heights Medical Center Internal Medicine  New York 
Case Western University Family Medicine/Preventive Medicine  Ohio 
Good Samaritan Hospital Internal Medicine  Ohio 
St. Elizabeth Northeast Ohio Medical Univ. Family Medicine  Ohio 
Drexel University Hahnemann Univ. Hospital  Internal Medicine  Pennsylvania 
Eastern Virginia Medical School  Pediatrics  Virginia 

Canada

   
University of Calgary   Internal Medicine   Alberta 
University of Manitoba  Internal Medicine  Manitoba 

Bahamas

   
Doctors Hospital  Family Medicine Nassau

Highlights shared by this year's newly matched residents included:

  • Matching in to their top-ranked program

  • Matching to a program in their home state or province 

  • Having a Trinity alum or faculty connection recommendation

Getting in, Competing to Win

With 42,370 registered applicants vying for 30,750 positions, how can a graduate of a Caribbean medical school compete against a graduate of a U.S. medical school? By selecting a program and an environment that would enable them to thrive. While having an average MCAT score may be a barrier to US or Canadian medical school admission, it is not a measure of someone's ability to become, nor potential as, a physician. 

The trendline in the chart below demonstrates that students with MCAT scores may also have higher USMLE Step 1 results. But it's critical to recognize that it's not a gating factor and it does not limit where your drive, perseverance, and focus can take you. Students at Trinity benefit from the faculty, tools, and curriculum that were put in place by a leader with over sixteen years as the head of a U.S. medical school. 

In the chart below, you can see that it's what you achieve in medical school that truly counts. What you're seeing is a cross-sectional survey of applicants in the 2016 residency match programs (U.S. and Canada), distributed by their incoming MCAT score, co-illustrating their Step 1 scores, and successful matches (the white check marks). It's clear there's some correlation, but there's no hard rule.

After your first day in medical school, your MCAT score no longer looms as a barrier to what you can achieve. The personal attention, home-away-from-home, and collaborative environment at Trinity enable students to reach their full potential. Social media groups, forums, even campus pre-med groups will be full of people saying that there are hard and fast barriers and signs to "give up" if certain benchmarks aren't achieved before students even go to medical school.

We'd like to remind you, once again, that each white check mark represents residency positions earned within each MCAT range. 

There are no barriers, only different paths, some more difficult than others, that students can take to their own future.

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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 doctor? If it's to become a doctor, what are you waiting for?

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