WVU Medical Grads Selected for Residency Training

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Half of West Virginia University’s School of Medicine Class of 2004 will continue training in the state. Most students learned their selections Thursday, March 17, at simultaneous “Match Day” ceremonies at the West Virginia University Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, the Charleston Division Education building in Charleston, and the Eastern Division’s McCormick Building.

“Forty out of 80 of our graduates will stay in West Virginia, said G. Anne Cather, M.D., WVU professor of family medicine and associate dean of student services and professional development. “Our students matched in 15 different fields and will go to 14 states.”

Sixty-four percent of the graduates will train in internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, or obstetrics/gynecology, fields that typically represent a person’s primary health care. The balance of the class will study specialties such as surgery, psychiatry and anesthesiology.

“We are proud knowing that half of our students have chosen to continue their training with WVU faculty,” said John E. Prescott, M.D., dean of the WVU School of Medicine. “Our students recognize the quality of education they’ve received at the WVU School of Medicine in Morgantown and at our Charleston and Eastern divisions, and they are truly dedicated to serving our state.”

Residency training typically takes three to five years. Residents practice medicine under the supervision of experienced physicians before being certified in a specialty.

Of the graduates who will train at medical centers outside the state, many have been matched with some of the most competitive specialty programs.

For more information, see the National Residents Matching Program Web site, www.nrmp.org, or the Association of American Medical Colleges Web site, www.aamc.org.

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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