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Friday, March 20, 2015

With emotions high, Loyola medical students are matched for next step in careers


Fourth-year Loyola medical student Matt De Stefani learns where he is going for his residency. His parents, Dr. Thomas De Stefani and Patricia De Stefani of Western Springs, Ill., both Loyola grads, share his joy. (Photo by Oscar H. Izquierdo)

MAYWOOD, Ill. — The Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine was abuzz as 138 fourth-year medical students learned where they will do their hospital residencies and take the next big step in their careers.

“Match Day is an exciting day for all of us here at Stritch. It is with great pride and confidence that we send you out on this, your next step in your medical career. Remember what you have learned here at Stritch. Not just in your clinical and science courses but your interactions with each other, with patients and with those in the community. Use these tools as you develop your skills and work to become physicians,” said Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, FACS, FACOG, dean and chief diversity officer at Stritch.

After months of interviewing and touring different programs, fourth-year medical students around the nation found out today where they will continue their medical education as residents. Earlier in the year, students ranked programs they would like to match into, and programs ranked the students. The National Resident Matching Program then used a mathematical algorithm to match residents and programs.

Stritch students wore “Match to the Future” T-shirts and performed a choreographed dance to “Uptown Funk.”

Then, at the stroke of 11 a.m., the waiting finally ended. As students opened their envelopes,  screams, kisses, hugs, joyful shouts and tears from students, families and loved ones echoed through the three-story atrium.

Sixty-three percent of the Stritch class will be staying in the Midwest, 39 percent are staying in Illinois and 20 percent are remaining at Loyola University Medical Center. Fifty-one percent of the class will do primary care residencies, up from 34 percent in 2014.

Karl Eckberg matched to his top pick, a pediatrics residency at the University of Minnesota. “During medical school, I felt the greatest joy working with kids,” he said. He said Minnesota has a fantastic program, and the location is ideal. Eckberg and his wife, Mary, have a 17-month-old son, and her family lives in Minnesota. His mother, Lorene Eckberg, MD, also is a pediatrician and a Stritch graduate (class of 1985).

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About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.