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Soon-to-be doctors from Cooper Medical School of Rowan University learn their future during annual Match Day ceremony

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University’s (CMSRU) Class of 2017 joined thousands of medical students and graduates from throughout the nation and around the world in learning the specialty and location of the residency programs where they will train for the next three to seven years during an exciting and emotional Match Day ceremony held today at the Camden, NJ, school.

Fifty-six graduating medical students, surrounded by their loved ones and CMSRU students, deans and faculty, counted down to Noon – the moment when they were permitted to tear open the envelopes that contained their news.  CMSRU students were offered residency positons at some of the nation’s most prestigious and competitive programs. This is only CMSRU’s second Match Day ceremony; its Charter Class graduated in 2016.

“Match Day is one of the most important and memorable events of a physician’s medical career,” explains Annette C. Reboli, MD, Interim Dean of CMSRU.  “This is only our second class of graduates, but I’m proud to say that once again our students did exceptionally well.  The

quality of the programs both in the region and across the country are a reflection of the growing reputation of CMSRU. Given the intense competition for residency spots nationally, our results are extraordinary!”

Twenty-nine of the 56 students will be entering training programs that prepare residents in primary care medicine:  15 will begin internal or family medicine residencies; seven will start in pediatrics; and six in obstetrics/gynecology.

Forty-nine percent of the class will remain in the Delaware Valley region to complete their training, including 13 students who matched at Cooper University Hospital in dermatology, internal medicine, emergency medicine, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, radiology, vascular surgery, and urology. Students also matched at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital, Crozer Chester Medical Center and Abington Memorial Hospital.

Nationally, students matched at a range of esteemed programs, including: Duke University Medical Center, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, George Washington University, Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, UC Irvine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Harvard), Boston University Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, University of Chicago and University of Cincinnati.

According to the National Residency Matching Program, this year’s Match was the largest in history, exceeding the more than 42,000 applicants who registered for the 2016 Match and the more than 4,800 residency programs at institutions across the country that offered more than 30,000 positions last year. 

Click HERE for CMSRU’s Match Day results.