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#Match2017: Hawaii medical students will begin practicing in Residency programs from Honolulu to Boston

Date: March 17th, 2017 in JABSOM News, Student Life    Print or PDF

Pictured: Ruel Reyes, MD Class of 2017 with proud parents at JABSOM. Reyes matched into the surgery training program at the University of Arizona in Tuscon.

By Tina Shelton, UH Med Now

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics won the popularity contest as 55 seniors in the MD Class of 2017 at the University of Hawaii medical school “matched” into post-medical school MD training programs today. Coming in a close third was Surgery, with Psychiatry, at fourth place, on its heels.

The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Match Day Ceremony kicked off at the coffee-fueled hour of six o’clock in the morning. At that same moment, the clocks in other time zones around the country read later hours, but all of America’s medical school seniors did the same thing: they gathered to experience “The Match.”

Members of the MD Class of 2017 at the University of Hawaii. Photos by Amanda Shell.

What is the Match?
The Match is the centralized process that pairs the physicians who will graduate this May with training programs in specialty fields in which they want to become board-certified. In the months before Match Day, each student has typically visited Residency Programs around the country and applied to several — “ranking” his or her own list of favored training spots. The training programs, in turn, list the MD applicants they want to accept. The National Matching Residency Program (NMRP) uses the rankings and an algorithm to perform the match.

On Match Day, the future physicians open specially prepared envelopes containing the news they have been waiting for. Their fondest hope is to be accepted into a post-medical school training program of their choosing, where they can begin their careers as doctors in training.

“Residency” training takes place in University-affiliated MD Residency programs all across the country. Members of the MD Class of 2017 did not know for certain until they opened their envelopes today if where they hoped to train is where they have been accepted.

Here is what our 2017 JABSOM graduates will train in:
12 Internal Medicine
10 Pediatrics
8 Surgery
7 Psychiatry
4 Family Medicine
3 Pathology
2 Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 Emergency Medicine
2 Anesthesia
1 Ear, Nose & Throat
1 Ophthalmology
1 Radiation Oncology
1 Neurosurgery
1 Neurology
1 Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

18 members of the class will begin their post-medical school training in programs in Hawaii. Seventeen will head to California for training. Five will be in New York, four in Washington State, three in Massachusetts and one each will begin post-medical school training in Arizona, Minnesota, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Texas.

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More members of the University of Hawaii medical school Class of 2017 on Match Day.

Record-size Match; Not enough training spots
The Match is a competition, because there are not enough Residency Training Programs in the U.S. to accommodate every MD seeking a spot.

A record-high 35,969 U.S. and international medical school students and graduates vied for the 31,757 positions available. That is the most positions ever offered in a Match, but clearly, the supply of training spots has not kept up with demand. In the United States, the U.S. government supplies funding for university-affiliated hospitals around the country to employ the MD Residents as they train.

Class of 2017 Match Results (1)

The University of Hawaii and its hospital partners operate 17 Residency or Fellowship Programs in the state of Hawaii. While some of this year’s John A. Burns School of Medicine graduates placed into those programs, others had to be accepted into specialty training elsewhere in the U.S. for disciplines for which training is not offered locally, including in the fields of Emergency Medicine, Radiology, Neurology and others.

Alyssa Honda, left, with Courtney Gaddis, right. Both are in the MD Class of 2017, and matched into Pediatrics training programs. Honda at Stanford, Gaddis at the University of Hawaii.

Graduate Medical Education at the University of Hawaii
At the University of Hawaii, more than 225 physicians annually receive graduate medical education with training and clinical experience in the 17 specialties of Family Medicine, Sports Medicine, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Geriatric Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopedic Surgery, Pathology, Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, and Transitional year. Training lasts from three to eight years and occurs in a variety of community healthcare facilities including those of The Queen’s Health Systems, Hawaii Pacific Health (Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women and Children, Pali Momi Medical Center, Straub Medical Center), Kuakini Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center, U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Tripler Army Medical Center, Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, Shriners Hospital for Children, Wahiawā General Hospital, the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health and multiple other sites.


Video: Future doctors from the University of Hawaii share the joy of the Match

#Match2017: The short JABSOM recap video

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