Program Cuts May Impact Availability of Residencies | Loyola Medicine
Monday, March 23, 2015

As Loyola's future doctors head to residencies, program cuts could have impact on neediest patients

MAYWOOD, Ill. – On Match Day 2015, held March 20, fourth-year medical school students learned where they will serve their hospital residencies. Unfortunately, with tight state and federal budgets, residency programs are being cut.

To practice in the U.S. all new physicians must complete residency programs in their chosen specialties. Because of program cuts, some medical school graduates will not find residency positions.  This year, nearly 35,000 U.S. and international students applied for one of the more than 27,000 first-year residency positions offered in this year's Main Residency Match, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

The AAMC projects the U.S. will face a shortage of as many as 90,000 physicians by 2025. The shortage will be most severe among primary care physicians, and underserved patients will be the hardest hit.

“Every day, people are unable to get needed care. This is unacceptable. Our nation desperately needs doctors, and we must make sure our student doctors get the opportunity to serve, especially those most in need,” said Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, FACS, FACOG, dean and chief diversity officer of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Loyola is a leader in training medical students to care for patients who are often underserved or marginalized. Fifty-one percent of Loyola’s 2015 graduating class will pursue residencies in primary care, up from 34 percent in 2014.

Stritch 2015 match highlights

Here are some additional highlights of this year’s match at Stritch:

  • 138 students matched (51% women)
  • 32 states represented, with 38% staying in Illinois
  • 20% going to Loyola University Medical Center
  • In primary care, 22% are going into internal medicine, 12% family medicine,  8% pediatrics, 6% med/peds and 1.5% medicine primary

Top specialties are 7% anesthesiology, 6% emergency medicine, 6% obstetrics-gynecology, 5% general surgery, and 5% orthopaedic surgery

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.