ROOTSTOWN -- As they opened their envelopes during National Match Day at noon, Friday, March 15, fourth-year College of Medicine students at Northeast Ohio Medical University learned where they will continue their medical training as resident physicians following graduation in May.

Katherine Hill of Quaker City learned they will be heading to Summa Health System/NEOMED in Akron for a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery.

As they have each year, NEOMED students were matched with some of the best hospitals in the nation including Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota), Cleveland Clinic, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (Los Angeles) and UPMC (Pittsburgh) as well as many others in Ohio and beyond. Several students also matched with military medical centers, including Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, Madigan Army Medical Center in the state of Washington and Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii.

Representative of their diverse interests in medicine and emphasis on patient-centered care, the students matched in an array of disciplines such as surgery, emergency medicine, neurology and dermatology, while nearly 50 percent showed a preference for primary care fields such as family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology.

"Match is a celebration of our students' success," said Elisabeth H. Young M.D. ('85), FACP, dean of the College of Medicine. "The caliber of which our students matched was exceptional in an increasingly competitive arena. I am thrilled that our students will be working to improve the health and quality of life of the communities of Ohio. It speaks volumes about the health systems that we have in Northeast Ohio that so many of our students choose to stay here to practice."

Hill is among the 148 students, 6.5 percent more than last year, from NEOMED's Class of 2019 who received results of the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). Students began applying for residency programs at the beginning of their fourth year. Throughout the fall and early winter, applicants interview with programs. From mid-January to late February, applicants and program directors rank each other in order of preference and submit the preference lists to NRMP, which processes them using a computerized mathematical algorithm to match applicants with programs.

For information about the graduates and their residency matches, visit neomed.edu.

About Northeast Ohio Medical University

For more than 40 years, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) has worked in collaboration with its educational, clinical and research partners to successfully train health professionals and medical researchers who serve and impact the region and beyond. The University trains students in a team-based, interprofessional environment and offers Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degrees, in addition to master's and doctoral degrees and research opportunities in other medical areas. www.neomed.edu.