Johnson City, TN (WJHL) – 62 students of East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine now know where they will take the next step in their careers.
The Class of 2016 received the results of the National Resident Matching program Friday.
All 62 members of the Class of 2016 enjoyed a successful match, securing residency training positions in 13 different specialties/sub-specialties at 36 residency sites throughout the United States.
“Kind of the icing on the cake of a very difficult curriculum,” says Landon Pratt, who is headed to Tucson, Arizona.
Students say while they will be spread across the country, the bond they forged in Johnson City will always keep them close in spirit.
“We’re all about close knit, tight family,” says student Adam Carrera, “we look out for one another, we’ve have a lot of births and marriages throughout school and we’ve always been there for one another, so everyone in that room that matched today is a family member of mine.”
“One-hundred percent of our students matched. That is truly a testament to these students and to what they have learned during their time here at Quillen,” said Dr. Ken Olive, executive associate dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs. “Competition for residency slots increases each year as more and more students enter into medical schools without a comparable increase in residencies. We are so proud of these men and women, and we wish them well as this new chapter in their lives begins.”
Twenty students will continue their training in the state of Tennessee and 15 will train in the southern Appalachian region, which includes Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
Nearly half of the Class of 2016 will enter primary care (family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine and obstetrics/gynecology) and 11 students will enter emergency medicine.
A number of students matched to highly competitive specialty programs including anesthesiology (3), dermatology (2), ophthalmology (3), orthopedic surgery (2) and radiology (2).
Three students will complete their residency training through military service.
Members of the Class of 2016 will attend residency at institutions across the country, including ETSU, the University of Tennessee, the University of North Carolina, the University of Virginia, the University of Kentucky, Wake Forest University, Medical University of South Carolina, Vanderbilt University and Emory University.
The Quillen College of Medicine Residency Programs also enjoyed a highly successful match with all of the available residency positions being filled.
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