On Friday, thousands of graduating medical students across the country gathered in a ceremonious unveiling of their “match” results — or where they’ve been placed for their medical residencies. Among them were 85 students from the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM).
Surrounded by classmates, family and friends, the students simultaneously opened an envelope that would forever impact their futures. This celebration, known as Match Day, represents more than a culmination of four arduous years of medical school; it reveals the next place the students will soon call home.
This year’s PLFSOM class applied to residency programs throughout the country. Their matches included prestigious institutions like the University of California, San Francisco; Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri; and Baylor College of Medicine (San Antonio and Houston, Texas). Of the 85 students matched, over half will remain in Texas; three will serve the country through military matches; and two will continue their medical training right here at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso), serving the community where they first started on the path to becoming medical doctors.
“Today is a pivotal moment not only for our PLFSOM graduates, but also for El Paso and the greater border region,” said Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A., president of TTUHSC El Paso and dean of the PLFSOM. “Our students have been uniquely trained to become culturally competent health care professionals, and I could not be more proud to see them take this philosophy to so many revered institutions throughout the country.”
Kathryn Horn, M.D., associate dean for student affairs, said, “I am very pleased with all of our seniors. This fifth class continues to be excellent role models for future graduates and we are proud to have them represent the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine to residency programs in Texas and across the country.”
The match process is completed by the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). The NRMP is a private, non-profit organization that has paired students with residency programs since 1952. The organization provides an orderly, efficient, and fair process in the matching preferences of both residency programs and applicants. Medical students are obligated to go to the institution to which they have been matched.
View a map of our 2017 PLFSOM students’ residency placements.
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