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Mayo Medical School students meet their match

On March 20, the Foundation House was a buzz of activity as 48 students from Mayo Medical School each received a sealed envelope containing the roadmap to their future as physicians and scientists. At the stroke of noon, students from this graduating class of 52, which was the largest in Mayo Medical School history, joined students from more than 140 other medical schools simultaneously opening envelopes to reveal a match created by the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) — a match naming where students will spend the next several years in a medical specialty and residency program somewhere across the U.S.

As the shouts of joy erupted, it was clear that Mayo’s year-4 medical students had something to cheer about: 100 percent of the students matched into a residency position. Also impressive:

  • Ninety-eight percent reported getting one of their top three choices.
  • Seventy-five percent reported receiving their No. 1 choice.

According to Alexandra Wolanskyj, M.D., (I ’95, HEMO ’98), who is senior associate dean for Student Affairs, receiving this excellent match for Mayo Medical School’s senior class is a true indicator of their commitment, and the quality of education and preparation they receive at Mayo.

So where is the 2015 graduating class going?

  • Twenty-eight percent matched at Mayo Clinic, including one each at Mayo Clinic’s Arizona and Florida campuses.
  • Thirty-one percent matched in the state of Minnesota.
  • Forty-six percent will remain in the central U.S.
  • Twenty-two percent will be heading west.
  • Thirteen percent will be heading east.
  • Seventeen percent will be warming up in the south.

Top specialty choices included:

Primary Care 33 Percent
Surgical Specialties (e.g., General Surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology and Urology) 19 Percent
Family Medicine 11 Percent
Internal Medicine 9 Percent
Emergency Medicine

There are still plenty of studies for these students to do before their Commencement on Saturday, May 16, but knowing where they’ll be headed is a giant step forward to their future.

Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education (MSGME) also has a successful match

Imagine opening your envelope and seeing a medical specialty program you’ve dreamed of and MSGME. A key recipient of Match Day around the country is MSGME, which has announced another successful resident match in 2015. Fifty-seven MSGME programs at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Florida and Rochester participated in the 2015 NRMP offering 286 positions.

Ninety-nine percent of the positions filled through the NRMP Main Match and one position subsequently filled through the NRMP Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program.


This article was originally published on March 27, 2015 on the Mayo Clinic intranet News Center.

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