53% of LSUHSC New Orleans Medical Grads to stay in LA, 57% Entering Primary Care

New Orleans–Fifty-three percent, or 92 of 175 LSUHSC New Orleans graduating medical students participating in the National Resident Match Program this year, chose to remain in Louisiana to complete their medical training, and 75% of those staying in-state will enter an LSU residency program. The LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans residency programs accepted 182 new residents.

“Our medical graduates are some of the most sought after in the country,” notes Dr. Larry Hollier, Chancellor of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans. “That more than half of them have chosen to remain in Louisiana again this year is a testament to the high quality of our graduate medical education programs.”

The Match, conducted annually by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), is the primary system that matches applicants to residency programs with available positions at U.S. teaching hospitals and academic health centers.  The choices of the students are entered into a software program as are the choices of the institutions with residency programs. All U.S. graduating medical students found out at the same time today where they “matched” and where they will spend their years of residency training. National studies have found that a high number of physicians set up their permanent practices in the areas where they have completed their residency programs.  Therefore, match results figure prominently in Louisiana’s physician work force.

“All of our residency programs filled,” said Dr. Steve Nelson, Dean of the School of Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans. “The increased number of positions –  up to 182 this year – bodes well for Louisiana’s future. The supply of physicians practicing in Louisiana not only affects access to care, but also local economies and the larger state economy.”

The percentage of LSUHSC New Orleans medical graduates going into primary care is 57% this year, a significant increase over last year’s 43%. Primary Care specialties included are Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Medicine-Preliminary, Medicine-Primary, Obstetrics-Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Medicine-Pediatrics. Ob-GYN is not always included in primary care data; however, in some Louisiana communities the only physician is an OB-GYN.

Of the 61 accredited residency and fellowship programs sponsored by LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, 31 participated in the Main NRMP Match whose results were released today. They are Anesthesiology, Child Neurology, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine (Baton Rouge and New Orleans), Family Practice (Kenner, Bogalusa and Lake Charles), Internal Medicine (Baton Rouge and New Orleans), Medicine-Preliminary (Baton Rouge and New Orleans), Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Obstetrics-Gynecology (Baton Rouge and New Orleans), Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry (Baton Rouge and New Orleans), Radiology, General Surgery, Surgery-Preliminary, Vascular Surgery, Medicine-Pediatrics,  Medicine-Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics – Emergency Medicine.

LSUHSC medical graduates training in other states will be going to such prestigious programs like Harvard, the University of California at San Francisco, Mayo Clinic, Barnes Jewish Hospital, Duke, Columbia, Emory, Vanderbilt and the University of Washington, among others.

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.

Residency programs begin on July 1, 2014.
LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans educates Louisiana’s health care professionals. The state’s university health leader, LSUHSC includes a School of Medicine, the state’s only School of Dentistry, Louisiana’s only public School of Public Health, and Schools of Allied Health Professions, Nursing, and Graduate Studies. LSUHSC faculty take care of patients in public and private hospitals and clinics throughout the region. In the vanguard of biosciences research in a number of areas in a worldwide arena, the LSUHSC research enterprise generates jobs and enormous economic impact. LSUHSC faculty have made lifesaving discoveries and continue to work to prevent, advance treatment, or cure disease. To learn more, visit http://www.lsuhsc.edu,http://www.twitter.com/LSUHSCHealth orhttp://www.facebook.com/LSUHSC.

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