Bethlehem, PA (3/17/2017) – 32 Temple/St. Luke’s Medical School students learned March 17 with which medical residency programs across the country they would be 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.
Seven students, or 22 percent of the Class of 2017, matched at St. Luke’s.
“National Match Day, a milestone for every medical student across the country, is the day medical students learn where they will continue their medical training as residents,” said Dr. 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 the graduating class of 2017, and we are extremely pleased with how well they matched. This is a tribute to their hard work over the past four years and to the excellent teaching, advice and counsel of our faculty,” Dr. Rosenfeld said.
Student Christopher Cann knew that Temple/St. Luke’s was the place for him to study medicine. A graduate of Liberty High School, he left the area to earn his bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland.
“I could not have been happier to come home to Bethlehem, the city that raised me,” Cann said. His parents and the rest of his family still live here, he says, and though their support has been invaluable, he gets an additional boost from being able to give back to the community. He delivered a former teammate’s baby and has treated others who have also touched his life along the way.
Seven students, or 22 percent, of the Class of 2017 will continue their medical education in St. Luke’s Graduate Medical Education programs, according to Dr. Rosenfeld.
“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.
Local 2017 Graduates
- Christopher Cann of Bethlehem has chosen internal medicine as his specialty.
“I want to be able to treat the whole patient, to show the compassion and empathy for what they are feeling and at the same time relate to him as a human being,” Cann said.
- Janel Paukovits, 26, of Northampton has chosen emergency medicine as her specialty. She was a risk-taking, mischievous child, she said, who was no stranger to the receiving treatment in the emergency room.
“I hope I never forget what it’s like to be the patient,” she said.
- Jay Fuletra, 25, of Bethlehem has chosen urology as his specialty because it combines his two passions: surgery and medicine.
“My hope is that I never forget that there is a person, a family, behind every disease.”
The 2017 Temple/St. Luke’s class, will graduate May 12 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. The medical school will welcome the incoming Class of 2021 in August for its White Coat Ceremony.
2017 Residency Match Results
- Abrazo Central Campus – AZ
- Case Western/University Hospital of Cleveland – OH
- CMSRU/Cooper University Hospital – NJ
- Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center – NH
- Drexel University College of Medicine – Hahnemann University Hospital – PA
- Duke University Medical Center – NC
- Harbor – UCLA Medical Center – CA
- Jackson Memorial Hospital – FL
- Milton S. Hershey Medical Center – PA
- Morehouse School of Medicine – GA
- NYP Hospital – Columbia University Medical Center – NY
- Ohio State University Medical Center – OH
- Olive View – UCLA Medical Center – CA
- Penn State Hershey Medical Center – PA
- St. Luke’s University Health Network – PA
- Stony Brook Teaching Hospital – NY
- Temple University Hospital – PA
- Thomas Jefferson University – PA
- UCLA Medical Center – CA
- University at Buffalo School of Medicine – NY
- University of Southern California – CA
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center – TN
- Vidant Medical Center/East Carolina University – NC
- Winthrop-University Hospital – NY
- Emergency Medicine
- Family Medicine
- General Surgery
- Internal Medicine
- Interventional Radiology
- Medicine – Preliminary
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Surgery – Preliminary
About St. Luke’s
Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a non-profit, regional, fully integrated and nationally recognized network providing services at seven hospitals and more than 270 outpatient sites. The network’s service area includes Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania and in Warren County in New Jersey. Dedicated to advancing health education, St. Luke’s operates the nation’s oldest School of Nursing and 22 graduate medical educational programs and is considered a major teaching hospital, the only one in the region. In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the region’s first Medical School. Repeatedly, including 2016, St. Luke’s has earned Truven’s 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation as well as 50 Top Cardiovascular program in addition to other honors for clinical excellence. St. Luke’s is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of St. Luke’s information technology applications such as electronic medical records, telehealth, online scheduling and pricing information. St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers in comparison to major teaching hospitals and other health systems.