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Local Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine students celebrate successful Match Day


SCRANTON, Pa. -- On March 16, fourth-year medical students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) learned their residency placements during the National Resident Matching Program's "Match Day." It is an event at which all fourth-year M.D. students around the country simultaneously open their envelopes to learn where they will spend the next three to seven years training in specialties. Residencies typically begin July 1.

"We are proud of the success of our Class of 2018," said Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., president and dean of Geisinger Commonwealth and executive vice president, Geisinger. "Again this year, our students matched into excellent local residency programs, as well as some of the most competitive and prestigious programs and specialties in the nation. I am also glad that, once again, our students chose primary care in large numbers," Dr. Scheinman said, pointing out that half of Geisinger Commonwealth's Class of 2018 matched into a primary care specialty - family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics or obstetrics/gynecology.

Dr. Scheinman also observed that Geisinger Commonwealth applicants matched into some of the most competitive specialties in American medicine, including dermatology, radiation oncology, plastic surgery, urology, ophthalmology and orthopedic surgery. In addition to the large number of Geisinger Commonwealth students who will train at leading community-based programs, several students will go to residencies at highly competitive teaching hospitals, including those associated with Dartmouth, New York University, the University of Rochester, UCLA and the University of Chicago, as well programs at Jefferson, Temple and Drexel.

According to the National Resident Matching Program, the 2018 Match was the largest in history, with 37,103 total registrants competing for 33,167 positions. Among them were 18,818 fourth-year M.D. students who submitted their program preference lists, including the 97 from Geisinger Commonwealth.

Students who matched inlcude:
  • Dimitra Landis of Fredonia, who matched at Albert Einstein Med Ctr-PA for Medicine-Preliminary , followed by NYMC-Westchester Medical Center for Radiology-Diagnostic
  • Katlyn McBride of North Tonawanda, who matched at U Rochester/Strong Memorial-NY for Medicine-Primary
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) is a member of the Geisinger family. Geisinger Commonwealth offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Danville, Doylestown, Scranton, Sayre and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) degrees. The college's innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its 17-county region in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania, as well as from across the state and the nation. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. Visit www.geisinger.edu/gcsom.

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