PCOM and PCOM Georgia medical students will continue their education and training at hospitals and healthcare sites across the country.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Class of 2021 in Philadelphia and Suwanee, Georgia, achieved a 99.6 percent match rate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Matching alongside their allopathic (MD) counterparts for the second time since the single graduate medical education accreditation system has been fully implemented, DO graduates from both campuses will continue their education and training beginning July 1, 2021, at healthcare facilities across the United States.
Kenneth Veit, DO, MBA, FACOFP, PCOM provost, said, “We are very proud of the accomplishments of our osteopathic medical students and offer our heartfelt congratulations. The success of our students speaks to the success of the PCOM osteopathic medicine programs in Philadelphia and Suwanee, and are a testament to the continuing commitment of our faculty members and staff. We are pleased, especially at this time, to add qualified osteopathic doctors to the physician workforce of the future.”
More than 220 DO graduates from Philadelphia and Suwanee plan to enter primary care specialties including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics and OB/GYN. In addition, 41 DO student-doctors will enter the specialty of emergency medicine with others matching to a wide variety of specialties including anesthesiology, neurology, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, radiology and surgery, among other specialties. In addition, 21 students from Philadelphia and Suwanee matched into military residencies in several branches of the armed services.
Twenty-eight PCOM Georgia DO graduates will stay in state to complete residency programs in Georgia, while 121 PCOM fourth year osteopathic medical students matched into residencies in Pennsylvania. In addition, 13 PCOM DO graduates matched into residencies in Delaware.
This year due to the pandemic, PCOM DO students interviewed at prospective residency programs virtually. They were among the 90.7 percent of DO students nationwide who matched into residency programs in 39 specialties, according to the American Osteopathic Association.
History was made this year as Match Day 2021 was the largest to date with 48,700 medical graduates submitting applications for 38,106 open positions at residency programs—the most available in the program's history, according to the NRMP. In addition, 5,915 programs participated in Match Day, the largest number in history.
A record number of 7,101 DO applicants participated in the Match, a 7.9 percent increase from 2020. Of those applicants, 6,327 matched into a first-year residency program, up 6 percent from last year and the highest number to date.
Tina Woodruff, EdD, senior advisor to the provost for DO career/residency planning, said, “PCOM’s students bring the highest level of clinical skills to their chosen career paths, as well as the humanistic and empathic values patients deserve. We are so proud of the success that the Philadelphia and Suwanee DO Class of 2021 had in this year’s Match.”
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service to the wider community. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center, an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500.
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