Match Week Reveals Future of D.O. Students

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March 23, 2021 | Midwestern University

Erika Danelski (CCOM 21) announces her residency match as part of the National Match Day.

During the third week of March, students from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine eagerly checked their emails for long-anticipated news of these students' medical futures.

After four years of rigorous studying, osteopathic medical students participated in the 2021 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Main Residency Match and found out where they will perform their residencies and in what specialty field.

“I matched Emergency Medicine at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL,” said Erika Danelski (CCOM 2021). “CCOM has prepared me for this next step by providing me with a strong academic knowledge base and great clinical experience in the Chicago region. I’m most looking forward to taking care of a diverse patient population at a Level 1 Trauma Center and getting to know my new co-residents."

“While this year was unprecedented, we are all very excited to have matched to continue our journey,” Jay Olson (AZCOM 2021) stated. “This year was difficult between securing rotations and virtual interviews. However, this will make better us physicians as we have learned the true value of perseverance and resilience. I wish everyone the best in their next chapter.”

This is the second year that Midwestern University students participated in the fully integrated single residency match program which organizes placements for all osteopathic (D.O.) and allopathic (M.D.) graduates.

Students' specialty choices in the match often align with the osteopathic profession's long-standing emphasis on careers in primary care, which includes family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and OB/GYN. Other specialties include emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery, neurological surgery, ophthalmology, radiology, psychiatry, and anesthesiology.