MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Nearly 40 percent of the West Virginia University School of Medicine Class of 2013 will continue training in the state after their graduation in May. They and medical students throughout the nation learned of their residency selections at noon on Friday, March 15, at Match Day ceremonies. This year’s WVU celebrations were held simultaneously at Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa in Morgantown, the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia for the Charleston Division and the Eastern Division’s Educational Building in Martinsburg.  

“We have seen our students heavily recruited by residency training programs all over the country, from coast to coast. This class enjoyed a 100 percent pass rate on the USMLE Step 2 examination, and with their superb clinical training, everyone wanted them,” Norman Ferrari, M.D., vice dean for education and academic affairs and professor in the WVU Department of Medical Education, said.Match-Day-photo.jpg

The WVU School of Medicine places an emphasis on rural health and teaching in local communities throughout the state. Just this week, the school was ranked third for rural medicine on U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” This marks the school’s highest-ever national ranking for an educational program.

“We are pleased that many have chosen to stay in West Virginia showing their loyalty to our state and recognizing the strong training offered by our programs. With such a high percentage training in Appalachian states, we are hopeful to continue our significant impact on the region and rural America,” Dr. Ferrari said.

Fifty percent of the 106 members of the Class of 2013 will train in internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine or obstetrics/gynecology, fields that typically represent a person’s primary healthcare. Other popular fields this year were the specialties of general surgery, radiology and anesthesiology.

“Our students matched in 21 different fields and will go to 20 different states,” Dr. Ferrari said.

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) couples prospective applicants with residency programs. Each applicant makes a list ranking the residency programs in their order of desirability. The residency programs do the same with the applicants, and the NRMP matches them up.

Not all graduating medical students get matched. According to the NRMP, last year 1,097 graduates of U.S. medical schools were shut out, accounting for 6.3 percent of U.S. grads.

“We are here for West Virginians.  Our promise to them is that we will work hard every day to do all we can to improve their health and wellness.  What better way to accomplish this than by training an outstanding new generation of doctors who will remain in West Virginia to help us accomplish this important goal?,” Arthur J. Ross, III, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the WVU School of Medicine, said. “These Match result are very gratifying for us.  The number of students remaining in West Virginia and bordering states plus the number of students entering primary care indicate that we are keeping this important promise.”

WVU’s School of Medicine graduation activities will be held at the Morgantown Event Center at Waterfront Place in Morgantown on Sunday, May 19.

Residency training typically takes three to five years. Residents practice medicine under the supervision of experienced physicians before being certified in a specialty.

WVU has the largest number of graduate medical education offerings in the state, with more than 50 specialty training programs, all of which are fully accredited. One-half of the training programs are the only such specialty programs offered in the entire state. Residency training begins at WVU the week of June 17 for 107 new residents who come to us from medical schools all across the country.

Photo caption: Arthur Ross, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the WVU School of Medicine looks on while Class of 2013 President Kyle Chapman of Lost Creek, W.Va., announces his residency match during the Match Day luncheon on Friday at Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa. After graduating from the School of Medicine in May, Chapman will enter residency training in internal medicine at WVU.
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