Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Stritch School of Medicine Filled with Joy on Match Day

Students Rejoice as They Learn Where Their Residency Will Be

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- The atrium at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) was filled with screams and tears of joy as 127 medical students learned the next steps in the medical careers.

“This is a day of opportunity. We don’t know what’s ahead,” said Dr. Linda Brubaker, dean of the Stritch School of Medicine, moments before the students opened envelopes that would reveal where they had matched for their residency. “Wherever you go, whatever you do, know that we have unconditional pride in you. We know that you will be a success and bloom where you are planted, leaving each place better than when you arrived."

Elected by the SSOM Class of 2012, Kevin Simpson, MD, received the award for outstanding clinical faculty, and Theresa Kristopaitis, MD, received the award for outstanding basic science faculty.

In honor of the dedication to service that they observed in the faculty, the Class of 2012 presented a $2,700 check to the Community Health Clinic, the largest free clinic in the Chicago area. Many students and faculty donate their time and talents to this clinic to bring medical care to those in need.

In the same room where the medical students received their first white coats, together they opened the green envelopes that revealed the location where they would see their first patients as MDs. Here are some interesting facts of what was inside those envelopes:

  • 3 percent of the class matched early in the military match
  • 3 percent of the class will delay residency until next year to pursue additional education and research opportunities
  • 39 percent of the class will go into primary-care residency
  • 24 percent will go into specialties, including 8 percent in emergency medicine and 6 percent in obstetrics and gynecology
  • 68 percent of the class will stay in the Midwest, 43 percent in Illinois and 17 percent at Loyola
  • 5 percent are heading to the southern states, 15 percent to the East Coast and 13 percent to the states in the West

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About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, 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.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.