Today we celebrate 223 of our remarkable students as they take the next step in their careers as physicians, including 188 from our home base in Augusta and 35 from the AU/UGA Medical Partnership in Athens. They have been educated in all four corners of our state, in Athens, and at our regional campuses in Albany, Rome and Savannah/Brunswick.
Their achievements should be celebrated. Their accomplishments, both personal and academic, have landed them placements at top-tier residency programs across the country, including programs here at the Medical College of Georgia. It comes as no surprise that we regularly hear from colleagues all over the United States how well our students are doing in their residency programs. We expect great things!
Their success on Match Day is something we should all be proud of and is due in large part not only to the students’ abilities, but the learning, care, mentorship, and support they have received from MCG’s faculty and administrative teams, who are devoted to student success.
Our Office of Student and Multicultural Affairs (OSMA) guides the process for developing the MSPE (medical school performance evaluation), letters that summarize medical school activities and credentials in a narrative form, and are used by residency programs as part of the selection process. Associate Deans Dr. Kimberly Loomer (Augusta), Dr. Stuart Shevitz (Year 4 Class Dean, Augusta), and Dr. John Francis (Athens) lead the process for MSPE writing and student advising. Meeting with each student to give them personal advice and counseling, the team of individuals who participated this year in addition to Drs. Loomer, Shevitz, and Francis were Drs. Andy Albritton, Lynette Bauza, Greer Falls, Leslie Lee, Eric Lewkowiez, Kathryn Martin, Shelley Nuss, Leonard Reeves, T. Wayne Rentz, Scott Richardson, Granville Simmons, and Paul Wallach.
So, what are our students doing?
They matched in 24 specialties and 48 percent are pursuing primary care (Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and Medicine/Pediatrics).
For a full list of residency appointments, click here.
The top represented specialties and percentages are:
Internal Medicine 24
Family Medicine 7
Emergency Medicine 7
General Surgery 5
And where are they doing it?
- Students matched to programs in 34 states
- 28 percent of the class will remain in Georgia for their first postgraduate year
- 28 percent of the class will remain in Georgia for their second postgraduate year and beyond
- 15 percent of the class will remain at our MCG/AUHealth programs
- The numbers of students who are both staying in Georgia and staying at MCG/AUHealth has significantly increased over two years ago.
- The numbers of students matching in primary care residency programs has significantly increased over the last several years.
After Georgia, the top represented states and percentages are:
South Carolina 9
North Carolina 6
New York 4
Other fast fact:
As of Match Day 2016, 100 percent of our students have a residency position for July 2016!