PCOM Celebrates the DO Class of 2017 Residency Match
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PCOM Celebrates 2017 Residency Match

March 21, 2017

PCOM's Match Day event was held on March 17. Roughly 98 percent of the College's expected graduating class has matched to date.

The Philadelphia DO Class of 2017 celebrated their residency matches, and the start of the next phase of their medical careers, with a fun-filled evening at Revolutions at Penn Treaty. The event was held on March 17—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 (which occurred on February 6), and the Military Graduate Medical Education Match (which occurred in mid-December).

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.

This year’s NRMP Match saw a record high of 5,000 applicants from osteopathic medical schools. Nearly 82 percent of those matched to PGY-1 positions— also a record high, according to that organization. The AOA Match reported nearly 3,300 participants, including military, and about 67 percent of those participants matched.

At PCOM, roughly 98 percent of the expected graduating class has matched to date.

PCOM Students reported moving on to residencies at institutions such as Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania; Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and UPMC Horizon Family Medicine in Farrell, Pennsylvania. Dinh-Hay Nguyen (DO ’17), expressed excitement at matching to his first choice, a radiology residency at Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia—one of PCOM’s Core Clinical Campus sites.

“I was able to get to know the residents and the doctors there very well,” he explained. “From a patient-population perspective, it’s the perfect fit for me.”

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.

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