The soothsayer’s warning, “Beware the ides of March,” spelt doom for Julius Caesar and shook up the Roman empire, but it sealed a much different fate for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine’s class of 2019.
Continuing the streak from the five classes before them, all 37 members of the class successfully matched to a residency program to continue their education, making their Match Day theme, “Ides of Match,” celebratory instead of ominous.
“The match is competitive, but each year, our students have shined,” said Daniel Harrington, interim dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. “Their hard work over the last four years – in addition to the support they receive from our faculty, employees, and their family and friends – pays off on Match Day with successful residency placement.”
Members of the class will go into programs representing 15 specialties in 18 states and 28 different academic health centers. This class will also do their residency in two new states for VTCSOM alumni: Missouri and Rhode Island.
The most represented specialties in the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine’s class of 2019 include internal medicine, emergency medicine, and pediatrics. This class also added a new specialty: ophthalmology.
The matches for the class includes prestigious programs such as Baylor University, Brown University, Duke University, Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California San Francisco, University of Washington, and Yale University.
“This is the most successful match in Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine history,” said Aubrey Knight, senior dean for student affairs. “Students in this class opened doors for themselves and this school by matching into world-class residencies, particularly programs that are noted as the leaders in their specialty.”