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

News Archive 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).

View photos from the event here.

The Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division (HSD) advances interprofessional, multidisciplinary, and transformative education and research while promoting service to others through stewardship of scientific knowledge and preparation of tomorrow's leaders. The HSD is located on the Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, Illinois. It includes the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, the Stritch School of Medicine, the biomedical research programs of the Graduate School, and several other institutes and centers encouraging new research and interprofessional education opportunities across all of Loyola University Chicago. The faculty and staff of the HSD bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a strong commitment to seeing that Loyola's health sciences continue to excel and exceed the standard for academic and research excellence. For more on the HSD, visit LUC.edu/hsd.
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