Morehouse School of Medicine Students Match at 100 Percent
Atlanta Medical School Closing the Gap for Needed U.S. Doctors
Ronna Charles Nu’Man
ATLANTA – March 17, 2017 – Today, 100 percent of Morehouse School of Medicine’s (MSM) 57 fourth-year students matched to fill the nation’s leading residency programs, with 81 percent focusing in primary care and core specialty disciplines. Primary care and core specialties -- including general surgery and emergency medicine -- are areas with the greatest need as the nation faces a physician shortage of more than 90,000 by 2020, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.
“Our students’ focus in primary care and core specialties reinforces MSM’s mission to improve the health and well-being of individuals and underserved communities in the state of Georgia and throughout the nation,” states MSM President and Dean Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D. “Morehouse School of Medicine is committed to attracting and training the doctors and health professionals that our nation needs, especially those that dedicate themselves to advancing health equity for all populations.”
Eighty-eight percent of MSM students matched to the specialty of their first choice. Students were matched in highly competitive programs, including: Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurological Medicine, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and General Surgery.
The Match Process
The Main Residency Match process begins in the fall for applicants, usually during the final year of medical school, when they send applications to the residency programs of their choice. Throughout the fall and early winter, applicants interview with programs. From mid-January to late February, applicants and program directors rank each other in order of preference and submit the preference lists to NRMP, which processes them using a computerized mathematical algorithm to match applicants with programs. Research on the NRMP algorithm was a basis for awarding The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 2012.*
About Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)
Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 1975 as a two-year Medical Education Program at Morehouse College with clinical training affiliations with several established medical schools for awarding the M.D. degree. In 1981, MSM became an independently chartered institution and the first medical school established at a Historically Black College and University in the 20th century. MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians and was recently recognized as the top institution among U.S. medical schools for our social mission. Our faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research, and public policy, and are known in the community for exceptional, culturally appropriate patient care.
Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctorate and master degrees.