College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2018 Celebrates a Record-Setting Residency Match

Match Day 2018
Match Day 2018
Match Day 2018
Match Day 2018
Match Day 2018

On Friday, March 16, graduating students of the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) Class of 2018 celebrated their transition to residency training at the first (and now annual) COM Match Day Celebration at the Farragut Inn. The Celebration coincides with the national release of results of the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). The NRMP is the last of four different medical residency match cycles (military, ophthalmology/urology, American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education ACGME [-ophthalmology/urology]) that began in December and ended on March 16th.

TUCOM students organized a festive event for their families, supporters and the COM community, replete with a decorated Farragut Ballroom, photo booth, light breakfast, and celebratory toast. Similar Match Day celebrations are held at many medical schools throughout the country, all at the same time. Because results are revealed at noon Eastern Standard Time, the TUCOM celebration began at 8:00 with revelation of results precisely at 9:00 a.m.

“Speaking on behalf of our  faculty and administration, we are so proud of our students who continually exceed our expectations," said Dean Michael Clearfield, DO. "As a COM we strive to provide our students with a competitive edge but it is truly the student body itself that must translate that competitive edge into a tangible reality, which is clearly exemplified with this stellar match. Congratulations to the Class of 2018, the newest generation of osteopathic physicians, as they embark on the next phase of their medical careers.” 

The COM Class of 2018 participated in the largest residency match in history. Our overall results reflect the COM's ongoing mission of providing patient-based osteopathic medical care to communities in need. Some highlights of this year's residency match include:

  • 57% of graduates matched to a Primary Care residency discipline, continuing the COM's steady rate of 55-60% Primary Care placements in each graduating class
  • 43% of graduates matched to a residency program in California, continuing the COM's steady rate of 40 - 45% placement in the state
  • Outside of the state, students matched from Hawaii to Massachusetts and from Washington to Florida
  • The COM's match rate in the NRMP cycle was 87.1%, exceeding the national osteopathic average of 81.7%, which is also the 6th year in a row that COM graduates have equaled or exceeded the national average.
  • COM students matched to each of the new Family Medicine residency programs in the greater Bay Area (Kaiser Santa Rosa, Kaiser San Jose, St. Joseph's Medical Center in Stockton)
  • The Class of 2018 included a record number of 'first time matches', meaning that they are the first representatives of TUCOM in their residency programs.
  • A record number (32) of graduates will be joining Internal Medicine residencies, equaling the number of Family Medicine matches for the first time in the COM's history.

The Celebration was live-streamed so that class members and supporters who could not be on campus could watch the event and participate virtually. The COM acknowledges the planning and dedication of Stanley Cheng, Yasaman Ahmadieh, Shasha Chen, and the rest of the Class of 2018 to inaugurate our on-campus Celebration tradition.

Final results will be compiled in the annual match report. Other results will be published in the annual Graduate Medical Education Outcomes and Accountability reports on the TUC website.

Congratulations to all of our graduating students for their commitment, professionalism, and inspirational paths! And many thanks to all involved in residency match process, especially the COM faculty, Clinical Education Department, and Academic Affairs.