Inaugural FSU College of Medicine students match for residency programs

All 29 senior students in the inaugural class of the FSU College of Medicine received notification today of where they will enter residency training this summer after graduation.

Twelve of the 29 graduating students, or 41 percent, are entering residency in primary care specialties, including family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine and obstetrics/gynecology.

Other students matched in emergency medicine, psychiatry, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, urology and otolaryngology.

The 30th member of the inaugural class has been participating in the prestigious Clinical Research Training Program at the National Institutes of Health this year and will complete his fourth year of medical school during the coming academic year.

Fourteen of the students, or 48 percent, will remain in Florida for their graduate medical education. On average about 40 percent of students graduating from allopathic medical schools in Florida remain in the state for residency training, due in part to a limited number of available residency positions in the state.

Of those matching outside of Florida, most will remain in the Southeast, although students also matched in California, New Mexico, New York and Texas.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with our first match results,” said College of Medicine Dean J. Ocie Harris, M.D. “The fact that every student had a successful match, and the high quality of the programs at which our students have been accepted, is a very strong indicator that we have developed a first-rate medical education program here at Florida State.”

The residency match, conducted annually by the National Residency Matching Program, is the primary system that matches applicants to residency programs with available positions at U.S. teaching hospitals. Graduating medical students across the country receive their match information at the same time on the same day.