Patrick M. O’Brien
Executive Director, MS-ACEP
It has been quite a busy time for the two Emergency Medicine programs in Mississippi, with the Match from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) having concluded on Friday, March 15th. As the 2019-2020 academic year approaches, things are certain to accelerate toward the great things planned for tomorrow’s independently practicing physicians.
In Hattiesburg, the Merit Health Wesley program received 343 applications for 6 resident positions. The program hosted 10 interview dates, and, during that time, their faculty and residents interviewed 50 well qualified candidates pursuing the 6 available positions in the program. Two of the 6 matched applicants are from William Carey in Hattiesburg, while the others hail from osteopathic schools in Alabama, Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma. Half of the matched applicants were interns in their Transitional Year Program last academic year. The success of this Match, along with the consistent progress over the past few years, demonstrates the persistently rising interest in this program that is sure to continue its dedication to the State of Mississippi.
Jackson’s University of Mississippi Medical Center achieved similar interest from applicants this season. This September, 669 individuals applied to the program. Over 12 interview dates, residents, faculty, and staff hosted 155 applicants pursuing 15 positions. With 7 of the 15 incoming interns from UMMC’s School of Medicine, the program is delighted to welcome the remaining 8 from the Southeast; furthermore, of these 15, the department’s Clerkship team hosted 13 of them for 4th-year rotations. The UMMC Class of 2022 is comprised of 5 osteopathic graduates, 0 international medical school graduates, and 10 allopathic graduates who are sure to propel the State of Mississippi toward a healthier tomorrow.
As the July 1st start date approaches, both Merit Health Wesley and UMMC prepare current faculty and staff for the opportunity to invest in tomorrow, which is sure to hold great things for, and from, the Classes of 2022.