NEW ORLEANS — LSU Health New Orleans 4th-year medical students will learn where they will go for residency training Friday, March 17, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine Street near Audubon Zoo. Media are invited to arrive at 10:45 a.m. Anna Grace King, the LSU Health New Orleans medical student who is recovering from gunshot wounds sustained in January when she was visiting her parents in Nashville, will be there with her classmates. LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine has worked with Grace to ensure that she could graduate as scheduled. There will be no formal ceremony, something that the pandemic changed. Instead, the students will celebrate together with a brunch beforehand, and at the appointed time, will be notified via email.
The results will reveal the number of new doctors — LSU Health New Orleans graduates and those entering LSU Health New Orleans residency programs — who will train in Louisiana. It is the culmination of months of interviewing for graduating medical students with academic health centers and hospitals that have residency programs. The students list their choices for residency programs, and the academic health centers and hospitals list their choices of students to fill them. All selections are fed into a computer, and “matches” are made. Match Day is when the students and their families find out where they matched and where they will go to complete their graduate medical education.
A residency program is a period of education in a chosen specialty that physicians undergo after they graduate from medical school. Most residency programs last from three to seven years, during which time residents care for patients under the supervision of physician faculty and participate in educational and research activities. When physicians graduate from a residency program, they are eligible to take their board certification examinations and begin practicing independently. Residency programs are sponsored by teaching hospitals, academic medical centers, health care systems and other institutions.
Since statistics show that the majority of physicians remain in the communities and set up practice where they’ve done their residencies, Match Day also reveals important information about the supply and types of physicians the New Orleans area and the state of Louisiana will have. The supply of physicians practicing here not only affects access to care, but also local economies and the larger state economy. LSU Health New Orleans educates the majority of Louisiana’s physicians.
The National Resident 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, 2023.
About LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans
LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans educates Louisiana’s health care professionals. The state’s flagship health sciences university, LSU Health New Orleans includes a School of Medicine with branch campuses in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, 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. LSU Health New Orleans 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 LSU Health New Orleans research enterprise generates jobs and enormous economic impact. LSU Health New Orleans 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/LSUHealthNO, or http://www.facebook.com/LSUHSC.