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Match Day, an annual event where thousands of medical students across the U.S. learn where they will perform their residencies following graduation, carried with it a lot of good news for WesternU students.

It’s hard to deny the substantial drama associated with Match Day ceremonies, which were conducted simultaneously on our Pomona and Lebanon campuses on Friday, March 20. Many schools set a specific time on that day when their fourth-year students gather and open envelopes revealing their destinations. While some students learned where they were headed earlier, most had March 20 circled on their calendars as the day when they would be matched through the ACGME (allopathic), the AOA (osteopathic), military, San Francisco, and Canadian services.

In Pomona, about 130 students were on hand to open envelopes. At the COMP-Northwest campus in Lebanon, 36 of that location’s fourth-year students made it to campus for the ceremony. All of the students tore open their envelopes at 9 a.m.

After all had been revealed, 100 percent of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific’s soon-to-be-graduates had placed into residencies. Equally heartening was the showing by the College of Podiatric Medicine, which placed all 30 of its fourth-year students into residency programs.

This is no small feat. Residency program placement is more competitive than ever, as the number of medical school graduates has risen while the number of Graduate Medical Education slots in the U.S. has remained relatively static. This year, the ACGME match had 41,000 applicants for 30,000 positions.

I cannot adequately express how pleased and proud I am of the placement rate for our students, which underscores their commitment to excellence these past four years, and is testament to WesternU’s stature as the flag-bearer for outstanding health sciences education and skills training. This accomplishment is shared by everyone throughout our University, from students to faculty to staff and administrators. I also am impressed at the volume (60 percent) of our graduates going into the primary care fields of family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and OB-GYN. The demand for primary care physicians is tremendous, as we all know, and WesternU graduates are in the vanguard of those who will make a real impact as the nation’s health-care needs continue to grow.

Match Day is but the latest signpost on the exciting and rewarding road on which Western University of Health Sciences students and graduates travel. The entire WesternU family supports all of them on their journey.

As always, I welcome your feedback on this topic and any others as we discuss WesternU’s Benchmarks of Value, and our plans. Please e-mail me with your thoughts at ppumerantz@westernu.edu, and feel free to share this message with your family and friends.

My best to you all,