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2017 Residency Match Results: Congratulations to MUSM’s Class of 2017
March 24, 2017
On Friday, March 17 over 18,000 fourth year medical students, including 106 from Mercer University School of Medicine, celebrated Match Day. Match Day is an annual rite of passage for U.S. medical students and other applicants, a day when graduating students are matched to accredited residency programs that will train them in a specific field.
Mercer’s School of Medicine encourages graduates to pursue areas that will meet the primary care and health care needs of rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia. This year, seventy percent of Mercer’s graduating class matched in a core specialty (Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics-Gynecology). Twenty-seven percent matched in a residency in the state of Georgia, and seventeen percent matched in a residency in one of Mercer’s affiliate hospitals. The results are here.
According to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), the 2017 Main Residency Match is the largest on record with 42,157 registered applicants competing for 31,757 residency positions in the US, and approximately 94% of US allopathic seniors matched to PG year 1 positions this year [1, 2].
Dr. Robert Shelley, M.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean of Student Affairs on the MUSM Savannah Campus said, "We are proud of the Class of 2017’s hard work and dedication which has resulted in an excellent Match. A large percentage of the class will be entering residency programs in Georgia or contiguous states with a majority entering the core specialties most needed in Georgia. I look forward to welcoming them back as colleagues when they complete their residency training and begin to practice here in Georgia."
Dr. Jean Sumner, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Dean of Mercer University School of Medicine said, "Match day is an exciting event in the lives of all young physicians. We are extremely proud of our students, their commitment to Georgia and the residency positions they have accepted. They have worked very hard to achieve this, and have been supported by an outstanding faculty. I am honored to work with each of them."
 National Resident Matching Program. Press Release: 2017 NRMP Main Residency Match The Largest Match On Record
 2017 NRMP Main Residency Match by the Numbers: