Each year, the third Thursday of March is a day of anxious anticipation for medical students around the country, and for good reason: that’s when they find out where they’ll start their next one to seven years of residency training. And the only thing separating them from that knowledge is a sealed envelope!
On March 19, the fourth floor of the Student Faculty Center was buzzing with Temple medical students and family members. After a brief countdown to the fateful noon hour, Match Day 2009 was underway, as the students tore into the envelopes that revealed their fates. According to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), this was the largest Match in history: 29,890 applicants participated – 1,153 more than last year and 4,500 more than five years ago.
Match Day did not disappoint Temple students, who matched to very fine residency programs. While many students will train in hospitals around the country – internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai, psychiatry at Yale, general surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center - 42 percent of the students will stay in Pennsylvania for their residency. Fourteen percent will remain at Temple and another 14 percent at our major academic affiliates. Internal medicine was the most popular specialty, chosen by 20 percent of Temple students, followed by pediatrics, emergency medicine, general surgery, family medicine and psychiatry.
The faculty and staff of Temple University School of Medicine congratulate the Class of 2009 for their successful match and wish them well as they enter their post-graduate training programs across the United States.