The March 16 Match Day event capped PCOM's match period for doctor of osteopathic medicine and doctor of psychology students.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's (PCOM) doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) class of 2018 and doctor of psychology (PsyD) class of 2019 celebrated the start of the next phase of their careers with a fun-filled evening at Lucky Strike in Philadelphia. The event was held on March 16—National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Match Day—capping PCOM’s match period.
Osteopathic medical students can choose to participate in the NRMP, the American Osteopathic Association Intern/Resident Registration (February 6), and the Military Graduate Medical Education Match (mid-December). PsyD candidates also celebrated Phase 1 of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers Match, which took place on February 23.
At the event, students wore commemorative “I Matched” t-shirts and took photos at a designated photo booth with props, all while celebrating with bowling, pool and various other games.
Students reported moving on to residencies and internships at institutions such as Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania; Grandview Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio; and Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, New York.
Research shows that physicians are much more likely to practice in the state where they complete their residency. More than half of the College’s DO graduates stay in Pennsylvania to practice. Of those, close to 60 percent practice primary care.
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has trained more than 15,000 highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach, treating people, not just symptoms. PCOM offers the doctor of osteopathic medicine, doctor of pharmacy and doctor of psychology degrees and graduate programs in mental health counseling, school psychology, physician assistant studies, forensic medicine, organizational development and leadership, and biomedical sciences. Our students learn the importance of health promotion, education and service to the community and, through PCOM’s Healthcare Centers, provide care to the medically underserved populations in inner city and rural locations.
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