PCOM Georgia medical students share their excitement for Match Day 2022.
The day that fourth year medical students work toward from their first day of orientation
took place last week. Known as Match Day, this date in mid-March, that compares to the baseball draft, but traditionally falls
in the midst of basketball’s March Madness, is the day students learn where they’ll
be spending their next three to five years in residency training beginning July 1,
Board scores, grades, volunteer activities, interviews, geographic location and specialties
chosen all contribute to the formula that determines where the student doctors will
receive their specialty training.
DO students excel in 2022 match cycle
More than 99% of PCOM Georgia’s Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine students matched into 19 specialty areas in the National Resident Matching Program,
the Military Match, and the urology or SF (ophthalmology) matches.
In fact, 58% of fourth year PCOM Georgia students matched into what the Georgia Board of Health Care Workforce considers primary
care and core specialty areas. These specialties include family medicine, internal
medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, general surgery, emergency medicine and psychiatry.
Other students matched into specialties including anesthesiology, dermatology, neurology,
ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, pathology, physical medicine and
rehabilitation, and radiology.
Twenty-one percent of graduates will stay in Georgia to complete their residency programs
having matched into residency programs in cities including Athens, Atlanta, Augusta,
Columbus, Gainesville, Lawrenceville, Macon, Marietta, Rome and Savannah.
Andrea Mann, DO, FAAP, dean and chief academic officer of the PCOM Georgia osteopathic medicine program,
said, “We are very proud of our osteopathic medical students for their outstanding
Match this year! The majority have chosen to pursue specialties in primary care. Furthermore,
an impressive percentage of our students have elected to continue their training in
Georgia to meet the state's healthcare needs.”
Instead of paying tuition to attend medical school, first year residents are paid
an average salary of about $59,000 depending on their specialty area. On-the-job training
occurs following two years of classroom learning and two years of clerkships or “rotations”
with physicians and hospitals.
According to Tina Woodruff, EdD, PCOM’s senior advisor to the provost for the DO program/career
residency planning, “PCOM Georgia campus students excelled in the 2022 match cycles,
with close to 100% of our students moving on to graduate medical education programs in Georgia and throughout the country.”
She added, “The healthcare community will benefit from the clinical skills and compassion
these outstanding PCOM Georgia graduates will bring to the patients they will serve.”
Doctor of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Pharmacy students pursue residencies
In addition to PCOM Georgia’s osteopathic medicine students matching to residency
programs, two Doctor of Physical Therapy students and ten Doctor of Pharmacy students matched to residency programs. The results of the second phase of pharmacy
residency matches will be released next week.
Residency programs are not required for pharmacists and physical therapists, but are
chosen when these healthcare professionals wish to pursue specialty areas.
Ruth Maher, PT, PhD, DPT, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, congratulated the DPT students. She
said, “The PT faculty are extremely proud of Brandon Barnes (DPT ’22) and Daniel Copeland
(DPT ’22) in continuing their education and meeting the rigor of the residency programs’
competitive process. We know they will do extremely well.”
Samuel John, PharmD, BCPS, director of the PGY-1 residency program, said, “We’re very
proud of our Class of 2022 graduates and wish them all the best in their pursuit of
advanced clinical training.”
PCOM Georgia students used such word as “thankful,” “relieved,” “ecstatic,” “elated,”
“empowered,” “vindicated,” “surprised, “and “almost disbelief” to describe their reaction
to the long-awaited outcome.
Class Representative Hiral Patel (DO ’22) spearheaded a Match Day party for DO students,
which attracted close to 100 attendees to The Roof at Ponce City Market in Atlanta.
This was a special gathering for the Class of 2022. She said, “We are scattered across
the state for rotations at different anchor sites and this is the first time we were
able to see everyone since the pandemic began!”
NRMP match marks milestones
According to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, the number
of U.S. DO fourth year students participating in the NRMP was a record high of 7,303,
an increase of 2.8% over 2021.
The NRMP website indicated this year’s Match realized many significant milestones including a record
number of U.S. MD and DO senior applicants and the largest number of total and first-year
Donna L. Lamb, DHSc, MBA, BSN, NRMP, president and CEO, said, “While all categories
of applicants saw improvements over 2021, US DO seniors achieved a 91.3% match rate,
a 2.2 percentage point increase over last year." According to Lamb, the 91.3% match
rate is the highest on record for DO students, “and a rate on par with the match rate
achieved for US MD seniors.”
Read more about PCOM Georgia’s student match information, their reactions to their placements
and their advice for first year professional students.
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, medical laboratory science,
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. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500. 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 pcomgeorgiahealth.org.
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