Last Thursday was Match Day across the country as the National Resident Matching Program (NRPM) administered the process where fourth year medical students get placed in a residency program and begin training in a specialty.
NRPM issued statistics showing an increased interest among medical students in primary care specialty programs like pediatrics and internal medicine. Emergency medicine, anesthesiology and neurology were also popular choices. A summary of the positions offered and filled by the NPRM can be found here.
Lets all congratulate and wish these new doctors much success in their careers. They face a future where their services will be in great demand by a public and government and private third-party payor system unwilling to compensate them like previous generations of doctors were in many cases. But all the fretting over those issues and lack of sleep or time with family and friends can wait. Now is the time to celebrate all that hard work paying off. Good luck to the Class of 2011!