March 17, 2017
CHARLESTON, SC – The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Medicine celebrated a successful residency match on national Medical School Match Day March 17, 2017. Of 171 fourth-year medical students who entered the National Residency Match Program (NMRP), 95.3 percent successfully matched. The national average was 94.3 percent.
“Residency training slots are becoming extremely competitive as the number of medical schools increases while the number of training slots essentially stays the same,” said MUSC College of Medicine Dean Raymond N. DuBois, M.D., Ph.D. “I am pleased that the MUSC College of Medicine is matching our students at a slightly higher rate than the national average. Our students are outstanding and are competing very well for prestigious programs all over the country.”
DuBois also highlighted that a large number of MUSC students will remain in South Carolina for their training and nearly 32 percent will enter training in primary care, an area of significant need. A total of 44 students (27 percent) will remain in South Carolina to complete their residency training, 31 of those at MUSC. Nearly 32 percent of the class will be entering the primary care specialties of Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, and Medicine-Pediatrics, a number that increases to 38.7 percent when Obstetrics, and Gynecology is included.
Of the specialties in which students will be pursuing their training, categorical internal medicine led the way with the highest number of students at 24 (14.7 percent of the graduating class). Other popular specialties included family medicine (8.6 percent), pediatrics (8 percent), emergency medicine (8 percent), anesthesia (8 percent), psychiatry (6.7 percent), and obstetrics, and gynecology (6.7 percent). Students also matched into general surgery, psychiatry, radiology, pathology, ophthalmology, dermatology, otolaryngology, orthopedic surgery, urology, neurology, radiation oncology, physical medicine, and rehabilitation, and various other surgical sub-specialties. Students continued to match at prestigious institutions across the nation, and 10 students (6.1 percent) will complete residency through the military.
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and 700 residents in six colleges (Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy), and has nearly 14,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $2.4 billion, with an annual economic impact of more than $3.8 billion and annual research funding in excess of $250 million. MUSC operates a 700-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized Children's Hospital, the Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), Hollings Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute-designated center), Level I Trauma Center, Institute of Psychiatry, and the state’s only transplant center. In 2017, for the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the number one hospital in South Carolina. For more information on academic programs or clinical services, visit musc.edu. For more information on hospital patient services, visit MUSChealth.org.