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Lerner College students have “luck of the Irish”
on Match Day


This year, Match Day coincided with St. Patrick’s Day, and our Lerner College students, many of whom were sporting green, were feeling lucky. At noon sharp, the students rushed for their envelopes that would reveal where they would head for their residencies. Amidst the chaos, Scott Galey approached his girlfriend, Hillary, with his unopened envelope. He tore into it and, before Hillary could see the match results, he picked her up and swung her around in a hug of celebration. Galey’s destination was his No. 1 pick: UCLA for Orthopedics.

On this Match Day, held on March 17, all our graduating students matched, with 55 percent going to their first-choice program and 86 percent going to one of their top two choices.
View the Match Results.

Matt Blum and Ruth Davis matched as a couple to Johns Hopkins, where Blum will train in internal medicine and Davis in otolaryngology. “We’re feeling awesome, excited and speechless!” said Ruth. When asked how they were going to celebrate, Matt said, “By taking a few deep breaths.”

The top residency program chosen by our students this year is Internal Medicine, followed by Pediatrics. Of the program’s 29 students, four are staying in Ohio for their residencies, and three of those students will train at Cleveland Clinic: two in the Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital Family Medicine program and one in Radiation Oncology. Of the 196 total Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine graduates (which include the Lerner College Program, University Program and MD/PhD Program), 11 are coming to Cleveland Clinic for training.

Destinations for the 2017 graduates include such prestigious organizations as Cleveland Clinic; Brigham & Women’s Hospital; Duke University; Johns Hopkins Hospital; New York-Presbyterian; Stanford Health Care; University of California, Los Angeles; and Yale-New Haven Hospital.

According to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), this year’s Match Day was the largest ever, with nearly 40,000 graduates vying for 31,757 residency slots. Matching to these prestigious organizations is a tremendous accomplishment and doesn’t happen without exceptional faculty support.

The Lerner College of Medicine graduating class will be honored by their families, faculty, staff and fellow students on Saturday, May 20, at 6 p.m. at the InterContinental Hotel. A reception will follow after the ceremony. The students will formally graduate on Sunday, May 21, from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, at which time they will receive their degree that reads “Medical Doctor with Special Qualifications in Biomedical Research.”

Calvin Lee, who is going to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to train in internal medicine, was speechless after opening his envelope. “I don’t even know what to say! I’m really, really thankful,” he said. To celebrate? “Finally get some sleep, maybe.”