Bethlehem, PA (3/16/2018)– In a nail-biting letter-opening ceremony at precisely noon Friday, Temple/St. Luke’s medical school students learned their fate – that is, to which medical residency programs across the country they have been paired. Known as National Match Day, it’s the day that fourth-year medical students across the country take a major step in their academic journey to become a physician.
“National Match Day is an unforgettable milestone for every medical student across the country,” said Joel Rosenfeld, MD, M.Ed, FACS, Chief Academic Officer, St. Luke’s University Health Network and Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Surgery, Lewis Katz School of Medicine. “The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University/St. Luke’s University Health Network (Temple/St. Luke’s) is proud to have trained its graduating class of 2018, and we are extremely pleased to see our students moving on to some of the most highly regarded residency programs in the nation, including St. Luke’s.”
Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is a major teaching hospital – the only one in the Greater Lehigh Valley to be designated as a 100 Top Hospital by IBM Watson Health. In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the region’s first and only regional medical school campus. It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 28 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 226 residents.
Collectively, St. Luke’s various education programs serve as a critical source of medical talent for the Lehigh Valley, helping the region’s hospitals to be staffed despite a nationwide physician shortage.
In total, 29 Temple/St. Luke’s Medical School students matched Friday to residency programs throughout the country, including St. Luke’s. Six students will join St. Luke’s for their training.
“I’m thrilled that many have chosen to stay here at St. Luke’s. I’m excited for all of them - today is a tribute to the students hard work over the past four years and to the excellent teaching, advice and counsel of our faculty,” Dr. Rosenfeld said.
After attending St. Luke’s medical school on an Army scholarship, Charles “CJ” Kidd of Hellertown will be doing his residency in neurology at Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
CJ said he was drawn to St. Luke’s, his hometown hospital, because he was well aware of its reputation for overall excellence. At St. Luke’s, he said, he enjoyed small class sizes and personal relationships with faculty. “My rotations here have all been great,” he said.
“I’m just so delighted after working with these students the past four years that they are well-placed with residency programs, and I look forward to seeing their growth into excellent, well-trained physicians,” Dr. Rosenfeld said. “Of those who leave us for their residencies, some will in just a few years return to the Lehigh Valley, infusing the region with new medical expertise that will improve the overall health of our community.”
The 2018 Temple/St. Luke’s class, will graduate May 14 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. The medical school will welcome the incoming Class of 2022 in August for its White Coat Ceremony.
2018 Residency Match Results
St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem - PA
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - MA
Cleveland Clinic - OH
Eastern VA Medical School - VA
Geisinger Health System - PA
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania - PA
Jackson Memorial Hospital - FL
Lankenau Medical Center - PA
Lehigh Valley Hospital - PA
Loma Linda University - CA
Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education - MN
Medical University of South Carolina - SC
Montefiore Medical Center / Einstein - NY
Naval Medical Center - CA
NYP Hospital – Columbia University Medical Center - NY
Penn State Hershey Medical Center - PA
Providence Hospital – Washington, DC
Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School - NJ
San Antonio Military Medical Center - TX
Temple/Fox Chase Cancer Center - PA
Temple University Hospital - PA
Thomas Jefferson University - PA
University of Maryland Medical Center - MD
University of Massachusetts Medical School - MA
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center - MD
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About St. Luke’s
Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of 14,000 employees providing services at 10 hospitals and over 315 outpatient sites. With annual net revenue of $1.9 billion, the network’s service area includes 10 counties: Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey. Dedicated to advancing medical education, St. Luke’s is the preeminent teaching hospital in central-eastern Pennsylvania. In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the region’s first and only regional medical school campus. It also operates the nation’s longest continuously operating School of Nursing, established in 1884, and 28 fully accredited graduate medical educational programs with 226 residents and fellows. St. Luke’s is the only health care network in central-eastern Pennsylvania to earn Medicare’s five-star rating (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction. Repeatedly, including 2018, St. Luke’s has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital and 50 Top Cardiovascular Program designations from IBM Watson Health (formerly Truven Health Analytics). St. Luke’s, utilizing the EPIC electronic medical record (EMR) system, is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of St. Luke’s information technology applications such as telehealth, online scheduling and online pricing information. St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers.