Winter 2017

Finding the Fit on Match Day

Twenty-one percent of the Class of 2016 is pursuing residencies in internal medicine.

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The 2016 edition of Match Day was especially festive. Photo: Jake Belcher

The 2016 edition of Match Day brought the usual hugs and shared jubilation as members of the Class of 2016 learned their residency destinations for the coming year. As always, most of the news was both hard-earned and welcome.

“A great majority of our students, something like 85 or 90 percent, got one of their top three choices,” said Dean of Students Amy Kuhlik. “But even more importantly, many matched at programs that were a good fit for what they wanted.”

New England, New York and California drew the largest number of placements, reflecting the pattern of recent years. Nearly one-fourth of the class will do their residencies in Massachusetts, and five students will pursue military residencies.

Specialty choices also held true to form, with internal medicine attracting 21 percent of the class, anesthesiology claiming 11 percent and pediatrics garnering 9 percent. All surgical specialties combined came in at 31 percent, about typical for recent years. Among possible new trends worthy of note, seven students, or some 4 percent of the class, will do residencies in ophthalmology this year. “That stood out,” Kuhlik commented. “That’s a lot for us.”

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