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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2002

Match Day-- An Annual Rite of Passage for Medical Students

Dayton, Ohio -- At noon today, Wright State University School of Medicine has 84 senior medical students who are going through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The Match, conducted annually by the NRMP, is the primary system that matches applicants to residency programs with available positions at U.S. teaching hospitals. Of the 84 students who will receive their M.D. degrees in June, nearly 25% will stay in the Dayton area.

Results, by specialty, from Wright State's Match are: Anesthesiology 2.4%; Emergency Medicine 8.3%; Family Practice 23.8%; Internal Medicine 13.1%; Internal Medicine/Pediatrics 4.8%; Obstetrics and Gynecology 4.8%; Orthopaedic Surgery 1.2%; Pediatrics 14.3%; Psychiatry 6.0%; General Surgery 11.9%; Transitional Year 8.3%; and Urology 1.2%.

The National Residency Matching Program was established in 1952 to provide an orderly and fair mechanism to match the preferences of applicants for U.S. residency positions with residency program choices of applicants. The program provides a common time for the announcement of the appointments, as well as an agreement for programs and applicants to honor the commitment to offer and accept an appointment if a match results. More than 23,000 applicants in the NRMP will find out which residency program they will enter for training.