Eighty-eight students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth), the largest class in the school’s history, learned their residency placements during the National Resident Matching Program. “Match Day” occurred simultaneously at medical colleges around the country in an exciting event in which all fourth-year M. D. students opened their envelopes to learn where they will spend the next three to seven years training in specialties. Residencies begin July 1.
Of the 44 students who matched into a primary care area, 15 are from northeastern Pennsylvania. Of the 44, 18 matched with residencies in internal medicine and addition, 10 were matched in pediatrics, six in family medicine and 10 in obstetrics/ gynecology.
Michael Bedrin, of Mountaintop, will have a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Walter Reed, Bhumi Patel, also of Mountaintop, will have a residency in Pediatrics at Lehigh Valley Hospital-PA, Allentown, and Megha Patel, of Drums, will have a residency in Medicine-Preliminary at Hofstra Northwell SOM-NY.
The dean proudly noted that 32 members of the Class of 2017 matched into a Pennsylvania-based program, including 13 local students.
Two students will remain in Scranton for residency training in programs offered by The Wright Center. “I am particularly pleased that, of the two students who will train at The Wright Center, one will be training in psychiatry, a specialty greatly needed in our region. The program our student will begin in July is a new one and is a direct result of the partnership between our Behavioral Health Initiative and The Wright Center to address the most pressing health needs of our community.”
Dr. Scheinman also observed that
Geisinger Commonwealth applicants matched into some of the most competitive specialties in American medicine, including dermatology, radiation oncology, plastic surgery, urology and orthopedic surgery. In addition to the large number of Geisinger Commonwealth students who will train at leading community-based programs, several students will go to residencies at highly competitive teaching hospitals, including those associated with Brown University, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Johns Hopkins and Harvard.