Medical students get matched to their residency programs

Medical students get matched to their residency programs

Since last fall, fourth-year medical students at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita have been applying and interviewing – virtually due to COVID-19 – for residency programs across Kansas and throughout the United States.

On March 19, these graduating medical students learned which programs they were matched to in a hybrid live and virtual event where they learned what part of the country they will live in for the next phase of their training.

Of the 66 students at KUSM-W who matched, 28 will stay in Kansas. The remaining 38 students will travel to 18 other states to continue their medical education.

Half of this year’s graduates will go into a primary care field (family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics), 14 to surgery, two matched to obstetrics and gynecology, three to anesthesiology, two to urology, one to psychiatry, four to radiology, one to child neurology, one to ophthalmology and five to emergency medicine residency programs.

The normal process is for students across the nation to gather and learn – along with their classmates, family and friends – where they’ll be headed after graduation in May. Last year, they couldn’t come together with family and friends and make their announcements, but this year, COVID-19 circumstances were a bit improved, KUSM-W officials said. This year, Wichita students gathered as a class, distancing in the Wichita State University Eugene M. Hughes Metropolitan Complex, and announced in front of their peers and more than 100 people watching virtually where they will spend the next few years receiving additional training.

In the photo (from left): Brynn Wright, Jennifer Mettling and Elizabeth Sirois, all fourth-year medical students at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, point on a map where they’re headed for residency training. During the student-only match day ceremony in Wichita, graduating medical students announced to each other – and to family and friends watching a livestream of the ceremony – which residency programs they matched to.