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UF COMJ chosen as destination for 87 future residents

Published: March 21, 2017 By: Jesef Williams
University of Florida medical school students celebrate during Match Day after finding out where they will complete their residencies. View Larger Image
The University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville learned that 87 graduating medical school students will be coming to campus for training. Fourteen matched residents will come from allopathic medical schools in Florida, with four of those future trainees being from UF. View Larger Image

Nearly 90 medical school students learned Friday they will be completing their residencies at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville.

The college will soon welcome 87 new trainees, spanning across 11 different residency programs. The emergency medicine program had the most positions offered and filled this year, with 15, followed by internal medicine with 14 and pediatrics with 12.

Fourteen matched residents came from allopathic medical schools in Florida, with four of those future trainees being from UF. Eleven other matched residents are from osteopathic medical schools in Florida. The rest came from outside the Sunshine State.

Kimberly Papa, a medical student at UF in Gainesville, is thrilled to soon train on the Jacksonville campus. She said she couldn’t imagine being a resident anywhere else.

“My heart is in Jacksonville,” she said. “When I did my rotation there, they welcomed me with open arms. I’m excited to go back and join their family.”

Papa’s joy was just one example of the immense thrills experienced on Match Day, when graduating medical students throughout the country and abroad find out where they will complete their medical training. Of the 87 future residents coming to Jacksonville, 82 were chosen in the main match and the other five were selected within two rounds of the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program.

“We are very pleased with this year’s match,” said Linda Edwards, MD, senior associate dean for educational affairs at UF COMJ. “We look forward to welcoming our new residents to campus in just a few short months.”

In addition to Friday’s matches, UF COMJ will also welcome 20 new fellows — representing 12 different fellowship programs — and three oral and maxillofacial surgery residents. These 23 training slots were filled earlier this year and are separate from the National Resident Matching Program’s Match Day process.

As part of the six-year OMFS residency program, the three dentists will attend medical school at UF in Gainesville during their second, third and fourth years to earn their doctor of medicine.

    Tyler Francischine contributed to this story.  


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