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Largest Match Day at Mayo Clinic reaps stellar results

Hollywood’s glitzy and glamorous award season doesn’t hold a candle to the nervous excitement that filled Phillips Hall on the Rochester campus on March 18. Known nationally as Match Day, it’s the date when graduating medical students across the country who have participated in the National Resident Match Program find out where they will go next to (hopefully) pursue their chosen specialty and residency program. Mayo’s Match Day event, sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association, is a milestone for these future physicians.

The energy in the room was palpable as envelopes are handed out and students and their families wait anxiously. At the stroke of noon, the medical students ripped open their envelopes to learn their future journey and the room erupts in ear-shattering cheers and hearty hugs. In 2016, the event was broadcast live through Mayo’s Periscope account. View archived video of the event below:

For 61 Mayo Medical School students — 58 fourth-year seniors and three Mayo Medical School graduates — the largest class for the school to date, Match Day was the culmination of years of hard work, bolstered by the close ties and support of their school leaders, faculty and mentors.

For the fourth year in a row, 100 percent of Mayo’s graduating seniors on the Rochester campus matched. Interested to know their results? Here are a few facts:

  • 35 percent matched within Mayo Graduate School of Medical Education
  • 36 percent matched in the state of Minnesota
  • 16 percent will remain centered (central U.S.)
  • 26 percent will head west
  • 19 percent will fly northeast
  • 14 percent will warm up in the south

Top specialty choices in the 2016 Mayo Medical School Match include:

  • Surgical specialties — 22 percent, including urology, ophthalmology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, general surgery and plastic surgery
  • Anesthesiology, family medicine and psychiatry — 7 percent for each specialty
  • Emergency medicine and pediatrics — 9 percent for each specialty
  • Internal medicine — 12 percent
  • Medical pediatrics — 3 percent
  • Radiation oncology and radiology — 5 percent for each specialty

For these students, there will be final studies and graduation commencement on Saturday, May 21. As they scatter to continue their career journey, they will carry with them Mayo’s galvanizing belief and its unique model of care to always put the needs of the patient first.

Another successful match for Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education

Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education also participates in the national match and has announced another successful resident match in 2016. Sixty Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education programs on Mayo Clinic’s Arizona, Florida and Rochester campuses participated in the 2016 National Resident Matching Program, which offered 289 positions.

Ninety-nine percent of the positions filled through the National Resident Matching Program Main Match and the remaining available positions subsequently filled through the National Resident Matching Program Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program.

This article was originally published in the Mayo Clinic News Center on March 22, 2016.

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