Residency Programs Enjoy Successful ‘Match Day’
- Crozer-Keystone trains future physician in seven different residency programs.
- New residents and programs are matched on an official Match Day through the Electronic Residency Application Service.
- Crozer-Keystone’s residency program leaders are pleased with the quality of physicians who will be entering their programs following this year’s Match Day, which was on March 18 this year.
Crozer-Keystone Health System offers a number of challenging and fully accredited residency programs for graduate physicians. Residencies include Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Pediatrics, Podiatric Medicine and a variety of allied health training programs. Residents and programs are matched on an official Match Day through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
Each spring, fourth-year medical students and residency programs across the country create a wish list, and then wait to be matched through the ERAS. This year, the official Match Day was March 18.
The process begins months earlier through residency fairs and an application process orchestrated by ERAS. Residency programs interview applicants and then rank them. Similarly, interviewing students rank programs in the order they prefer. Computers then process students’ and programs’ lists simultaneously. Medical students are assigned to their highest-ranking choice that also expressed interest in them.
“The actual format of Match Day has not changed from previous years; however, it has become progressively more competitive because there are more applicants each year competing for the same number of training positions,” says Guy Hewlett, M.D., FACOG, director of Medical Education for Crozer-Keystone Health System.
Residency Programs are committed to developing highly skilled physicians who master the science of their specialty, the practice of top-quality patient care and the art of teaching new generations of doctors. Residents receive rigorous academic experience and hands-on clinical and research opportunities, which fully prepare them to achieve their career goals.
“We are delighted that all of the Crozer programs filled in the match this year and with some of the most competitive applications in our history. We welcome a diverse group of trainees from a wide range of U.S. and international medical schools,” Hewlett says. “The OB/GYN program filled three positions that were entered into the match program. Additionally, we will be welcoming a fourth resident into our PGY-1 class.”
“This was my first residency match with Crozer-Keystone and it can be quite stressful, for program directors as well as applicants. As residency applications become more competitive, each applicant applies to a larger number of programs, which means more interviews and traveling,” says Kelly Bradley-Dodds, M.D., program director for the pediatric residency program.
Dodds explains that for program directors, it can mean sorting through a large number of applications to find the right match for your program. In Pediatrics, there were close to 1,000 applications for six spots this year, and more than 100 applicants were interviewed. “For the most part, all of the applicants are well-qualified students. Therefore, aside from academic excellence, I looked for people who I thought would enhance our group with their own unique contributions. I was very happy with our results. Not only are they all excellent students but really nice people. Our incoming interns all demonstrated a commitment to pediatric advocacy and community service that reflects Crozer's mission,” Dodds says.
James McHugh, D.O., is the director of Osteopathic Medical Education for CKHS and program director for the CKHS Osteopathic Traditional Rotating Internship. The internship is based at DCMH, and the interns rotate at not only DCMH, but Springfield Hospital and Crozer-Chester Medical Center as well. “This is unique within the CKHS post-doctoral programs and the D.O. interns truly receive a ‘systemic’ experience. For example, the D.O. interns rotate in Family Medicine (interfacing with the CKHS FM residents and faculty), Radiation Oncology, General Surgery and Emergency Medicine at DCMH; Internal Medicine and General Surgery at Springfield; and Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Trauma Surgery at Crozer,” McHugh says.
McHugh filled 16 intern positions (first post-doctoral year) for the academic year 2010-2011. “It is most rewarding to teach and guide these newly minted physicians toward their career goals, while at the same time challenging them as to their career choice. Several interns change their minds each year during the course of their internship,” McHugh says.
The Podiatric Residency Program is run by William Urbas, D.P.M. and is one of the few 36-month podiatric residency programs in the United States. “We are very proud of our comprehensive, diversified program,” Urbas says. “Additionally, we were able to fill all four spots this year with our top choices. We have an impressive program here at Crozer. With a large hospital and multiple podiatric attendings, students receive a diversity of training that helps shape them as physicians and surgeons in the future.”
The Internal Medicine Residency Program is a three-year internship that accepts eight residents per training year. The program combines strong clinical and didactic components, offering residents a well-rounded training experience. “All of the new residents have excellent qualifications and extremely high board scores, and come from highly qualified medical programs. We are looking forward to having another group of enthusiastic and energetic residents,” says Ashish Rana, M.D., director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program.
The Family Medicine Residency Program offers advanced training in sports medicine, medical informatics, obstetrics, women’s health, geriatrics or faculty development. “This has been one of our best matches in many years. Not only is the quality of students nationally improving but the quantity is also,” says William Warning, M.D., director of the Family Medicine Residency Program. “We were able to fill all of our matches this year. For many years, we saw a decline in family medicine residents and for the first time in a long time, we had an abundance of applicants. This area is a very competitive area for medical students and they have a lot of choices; so it is exciting to see the growth in the Family Medicine Program.”
“It is impossible to overstate the importance of finding a good match between candidate and program. The years spent in residency define the careers of most physicians and the friendships and bonds formed during this time often result in lifelong relationships. From the program’s perspective, it is of utmost importance to match candidates who are committed to excellence and who are willing to embrace our institutional values,” Hewlett says.
For more information, visit the “Residency and Education” section of the Crozer-Keystone website at http://residency.crozer.org.