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MEDIA ALERT: First-Ever “Match Day” at Lehigh Valley Health Network to Match SELECT Medical School Graduates with Residency Program Assignments

WHAT: The first graduating class of the SELECT (Scholarly Excellence. Leadership Experiences. Collaborative Training.) medical school program, a partnership of the University of South Florida (USF) Health Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, Fla. and Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), will learn their residency assignments during LVHN’s first-ever “Match Day.” At noon, future medical doctors across the country open sealed envelopes to learn their match assignments for the residency portion of their medical journey.

Reporters will have the opportunity to meet and interview students from the first graduating class of SELECT. The high-stakes day will feature remarks from Michael La Rock, MD, assistant dean of student affairs, festive décor, Pennsylvania-themed finger foods and music. Careers and lives are shaped by the residency positions new grads are assigned during Match Day.

Reporters interested in covering the event should contact the Lehigh Valley Health Network public affairs office.

WHEN: Friday, March 20th, 11:45 – Remarks; Noon - Match process begins

WHERE: Lehigh Valley Health Network, 2100 Mack Blvd,  Auditorium (Media members should follow the signs directing them to the auditorium.)  

BACKGROUND: Match Day is a much anticipated national event for graduating medical students. The process: Fourth-year medical students apply to residency programs and attend personal interviews with prospective health organizations. After completing the interview phase, students submit a rank order list (ROL) of their preferred training programs to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Residency program directors also submit an ROL of their preferred students. A database aggregates the lists to come up with residency assignments that shape the careers of future medical doctors.  The results are binding.

The USF/LVHN affiliation was announced in 2009 to create SELECT, a medical education curriculum to train a new generation of 21st century physician leaders.  LVHN serves as the northern instructional medical campus of USF Morsani College of Medicine. Students attend USF Health Morsani College of Medicine Tampa campus located in Tampa, Fla., for their first two years of medical school, and then transition to LVHN for their last two years. The first SELECT class began their medical school studies in Florida in 2011.

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