Match Day a suc­cess for Touro Uni­ver­sity

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - LOCAL NEWS - Times-Her­ald staff re­port

The Touro Uni­ver­sity Cal­i­for­nia Col­lege of Os­teo­pathic Medicine (TUCCOM), Class of 2020 cel­e­brated a suc­cess­ful na­tional res­i­dency match on Fri­day. Stu­dents were matched to 15 dif­fer­ent med­i­cal spe­cial­ties rang­ing from In­ter­nal Medicine to Pe­di­atrics, Emer­gency Medicine, Psy­chi­a­try and Neu­ro­surgery.

Nearly two-thirds of the class will en­ter Pri­mary Care foun­da­tion res­i­den­cies, the high­est per­cent­age in school his­tory, uni­ver­sity of­fi­cials said in a news re­lease. Grad­u­ates matched from Maine to Hawaii but nearly 50 per­cent will stay in Cal­i­for­nia, also a record for the col­lege.

“I want to wish the Class of 2020, a very pros­per­ous fu­ture. We have this silent in­vader, COVID-19, in our lives, but we also have sun­shine break­ing through with this match,” said Dean Michael Clearfield, DO, in the same re­lease. “What you are is an in­di­ca­tion of ev­ery­thing good that can hap­pen in the fu­ture. You are there to bet­ter the world, you will be our legacy. We are proud of you, go out there, and do what you have been trained to do.”

Across the coun­try grad­u­ates of med­i­cal schools learned where they will be go­ing for res­i­dency in a si­mul­ta­ne­ous on­line re­lease of re­sults that is con­sid­ered a rite of pas­sage for young physi­cians. The match­ing process starts in a stu­dent’s last year of med­i­cal school where they ap­ply to var­i­ous res­i­dency pro­grams and sub­mit a rank or­der list of their choices to the Na­tional Res­i­dent Match­ing Pro­gram.

In turn, res­i­dency pro­grams sub­mit a list of their can­di­dates in pre­ferred or­der. The Match­ing Pro­gram uses a com­puter al­go­rithm to match stu­dents to res­i­den­cies based on the stu­dent’s ranked or­der and com­ple­men­tary match with the pro­gram. While in res­i­dency for the next three to seven years, grad­u­ates will gain spe­cial­ized train­ing in their area of fo­cus.

“Above and be­yond all else, thank you. You are such an in­spi­ra­tion,” said Tami Hen­driksz, DO, as­so­ciate dean of clin­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, in the re­lease. “I can’t tell you how much you mean to me and what it means that you’re our fu­ture physi­cians.These matches chose you and you are very wanted. You will all do amaz­ing things and I am in­cred­i­bly proud of you.”

As the 20th grad­u­at­ing class, TUCCOM’s Class of 2020 will soon join over 2000 alumni os­teo­pathic physi­cians in var­i­ous spe­cial­ties. High­lights of this year’s res­i­dency match in­clude:

• Suc­cess­ful match rates higher than the na­tional aver­age in 14 of the 15 dis­ci­plines

• Record num­ber for matches in In­ter­nal Medicine and matches in Cal­i­for­nia

• Five grad­u­ates com­bin­ing res­i­dency train­ing with mil­i­tary ser­vice in the United States Army, Navy and Air Force

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Class of 2020 on your suc­cess and for a strong com­mit­ment to serve pa­tients most in need in Pri­mary Care,” said Provost and Chief Aca­demic Of­fi­cer Dr. Sarah Sweitzer, in the re­lease. “We know you will touch thou­sands of lives through­out Cal­i­for­nia and the rest of the coun­try as you em­bark on your ca­reers. I know that you will con­tinue to be Lamp­lighters in your med­i­cal and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, lead­ing the way for oth­ers to shine and pro­vid­ing the best pos­si­ble care for your pa­tients so they can lead happy, healthy lives.”

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