Tufts University School of Medicine Celebrates “Match Day"

Match includes second class of Maine Track program

Boston (March 21, 2014) – Fourth-year medical students from Tufts University School of Medicine gathered on “Match Day” today to learn where they will begin their residency training following graduation this spring. Nearly 200 doctors-in-training – supported by family, friends and the University community – eagerly opened small white envelopes to find the results of the national “Match.” This year’s Match Day at Tufts included the University’s second cohort of 29 students in the “Maine Track” program, a partnership between Tufts University and Maine Medical Center designed to train medical students interested in pursuing careers in Maine or other rural areas. 

In order to provide direct patient care, physicians in the United States must complete a three- to seven-year residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. National Match Day is the culmination of a process that begins each fall, when senior medical students apply to residency programs through a national computer system designed to optimize the rank-ordered choices of applicants and residency program directors.  The results of the Match were released simultaneously today at noon to all senior medical students across the United States.

“We take great pride in how well our graduates do in their residency placements, and in their clinical performance in these residencies, said Harris Berman, M.D., Dean of Tufts University School of Medicine. “Producing competent, compassionate physicians is what Tufts University School of Medicine is all about, and the fact that our students attain such great residencies speaks to our success, as well as theirs. “

Among the most popular specialties for Tufts medical students this year were Internal Medicine (41 students), Family Medicine (21 students), Emergency Medicine (20 students), and Pediatrics (20 students). Eighty-four (84) students, representing 46% of the class will pursue potential careers in Primary Care.

A total of 81 students in the Class of 2014 will join residency programs in New England, including 43 who will remain in Massachusetts. Other popular destinations include New York (17 students) and California (21 students).  Tufts medical school graduates will join residency programs in a total of 27 states, and the District of Columbia.

Twenty-eight of the Maine Track students will enter residency programs. Four matched in Maine and the 24 others matched in 13 other states, including Colorado, Maryland and Alaska. Thirteen (46%) of the Maine Track students will pursue residencies in Primary Care fields. Another five students will pursue surgical specialties.

“Match Day is an experience that these future physicians and leaders will never forget," said Peter Bates, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Maine Medical Center and Academic Dean for the Maine Track program. "We are extremely proud of this class of students and look forward to following their growth and development. As an organization we are committed to educating tomorrow's caregivers. Match Day is further proof that we're moving in the right direction."

About Tufts University School of Medicine

Tufts University School of Medicine is an international leader in innovative medical education. Ranked among the top in the nation, the School of Medicine is affiliated with six major teaching hospitals and more than 30 health care facilities. Tufts University School of Medicine emphasizes rigorous fundamentals in a dynamic learning environment to educate physicians, scientists, and public health professionals to become leaders in their fields; contribute to the advancement of the sciences basic to medicine through discovery, research, scholarship, and communication, and join with our partner institutions to provide the best care to individuals and communities.


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