Boonshoft School of Medicine students learn where they will pursue residency training during nationwide Match Day event

Ninety-six Wright State medical students learned where they are heading as new doctors to receive advanced clinical training in a residency program during Match Day. (Photos by Erin Pence)

Ninety-six medical students of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine learned today where they will spend the next three to five years of their lives completing residency training after receiving their medical degrees in May.

A long-standing tradition at medical schools nationwide, Match Day is a highly anticipated event. It is the day that medical students learn where they are heading as new doctors to receive advanced clinical training in a residency program.

Surrounded by friends and family in the Apollo Room of the Wright State University Student Union, each student waited for his or her envelope to be announced by Dean Margaret M. Dunn, M.D.

In 2017, more than 43,000 applicants vied for more than 31,000 residency positions at institutions nationwide. The 2018 Match is expected to be even larger.

Depending on where they match, students will spend the next three to five years as residents receiving advanced training in a primary care field or one of dozens of medical specialties. Wright State students matched in outstanding programs in Dayton, throughout Ohio and across the country, including Case Western/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Loma Linda University, University of Chicago Medical Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Yale University – New Haven Hospitals.

More than 35 percent of the Wright State graduates will remain in Ohio during residency, and 15 percent will remain in Dayton. More than a third (42.8 percent) will enter a primary care field (Family Medicine: 18.8 percent; Internal Medicine: 14.6 percent; Pediatrics: 7.3 percent; and Internal Medicine/Pediatrics: 2.1 percent). The rest matched in 15 other specialties: Anesthesiology: 2.1 percent; Emergency Medicine: 11.5 percent; Neurology: 3.1 percent; Obstetrics and Gynecology: 1 percent; Ophthalmology: 1 percent; Orthopaedic Surgery: 5.2 percent; Otolaryngology: 1 percent; Pathology: 3.1 percent; Pediatrics: 7.3 percent; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: 1 percent; Plastic Surgery: 3.1 percent; Psychiatry: 5.2 percent; Radiation Oncology: 1 percent; Radiology-Diagnostic: 2.1 percent; and Surgery: 16.7 percent.

A complete list of all matches is available at

The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine is a community-based medical school affiliated with seven major teaching hospitals in the Dayton area. The medical school educates the next generation of physicians by providing medical education for more than 459 medical students and 458 residents and fellows in 13 specialty areas and 10 subspecialties. Its research enterprise encompasses centers in the basic sciences, epidemiology, public health and community outreach programs. More than 1,500 of the medical school’s 3,328 alumni remain in medical practice in Ohio.

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