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