Spring 2013

Make Me A Match

Fifty percent of graduates pursue residencies or specialty training

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Students share their match news with each other and with Charles Rankin, D79, DG86, interim chair of diagnosis and health promotion. Photo: Kelvin Ma

The dental school hosted its first National Match Day celebration on January 28 for members of the class of 2013.

“Match Day represents the hopes and aspirations of thousands of students who wish to pursue residency or specialty training,” said Nadeem Karimbux, associate dean for academic affairs. “These students apply to highly competitive programs across the country, and Match Day often times has the same effect as a lottery—you open your email and find out where you are going to spend the next one to six years.”

At Tufts, approximately 50 percent of the graduating class applies to and is accepted into specialty residency training programs. The dental match occurs in two phases: Phase I results were released in November for students who applied to orthodontics or dental anesthesiology programs. Phase II results, for students who applied to programs in oral and maxillofacial surgery, pediatric dentistry, advanced education in general dentistry and general practice residencies, were announced on January 28. As of mid-March, more than 70 members of the class of 2013 had been accepted to specialty programs, general practice residencies and advanced education in general dentistry programs and residencies in the U.S. military.

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