St. George's University Medical Grads Shine On Match Day

800 - and Still Counting - SGU Students and Graduates Obtain Residency Spots in U.S.

GRENADA, West Indies, March 24, 2015 /CNW/ -- Match Day 2015 proved once again that the St. George's University graduates continue to enter U.S. medicine in large numbers. At this date, 800 have received first-year training spots in U.S. residencies – many in their top choice. Most graduates were matched through the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP), but many choose to sign into residencies outside of the Match.

"Match Day 2015 demonstrates once again that the pipeline from St. George's University to medicine in the United States is alive and well," said Charles R. Modica, Chancellor of St. George's University. "We are very proud of our students' remarkable achievements as they embark on their careers in medicine."

St. George's University alumni will report to residency programs in the following specialties: anesthesiology, child neurology, diagnostic radiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, internal medicine/anesthesiology, internal medicine/neurology, internal medicine/pediatrics, internal medicine/psychology, neurology, obstetrics & gynecology, orthopedic surgery, pathology, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, and surgery.

Residencies were secured in 41 states as well as the District of Columbia. In addition, 16 students matched through the Canadian Resident Matching Service earlier in the month.

Sean Maratto, MD SGU '15, matched with his first-choice residency, a diagnostic radiology position at Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He will first complete a preliminary year in surgery at Abbington Medical Center in Abbington, PA. Mr. Maratto's affinity for radiology was bred in SGU's anatomy lab, and although it is a highly competitive field, he felt confident heading into Match Week. "When I found out I earned my number one choice, it felt as if all the hard work I put in for the last four years paid off," he said. "Medical school is an arduous task, but it makes the endpoint that much more gratifying."

Jonathan Polak, MD SGU '15, is looking forward to the next step in his career at Vidant Medical Center, an affiliate of East Carolina University. Mr. Polak will join the VMC internal medicine residency program this summer, and hopes to specialize in infectious disease upon its completion. "Now that I'm finished with med school, I can honestly say that I've received the most training that I can get at the student level, and I feel ready for my residency program," he said. "What's great about SGU is the global exposure you get. There were occasions where I sat at the table during lunch and was the only American at the table. I was able to learn about many different cultures just by eating lunch and asking my classmates questions. While being on the island, you get to see life through the eyes of another culture, their priorities and their concerns."

Since opening in 1977, St. George's University has graduated more than 12,000 physicians who have gone on to practice in all 50 states and more than 50 countries worldwide. According to published information, SGU has placed more doctors in first-year postgraduate positions than any medical school in the last four years combined.

For a complete list of residency appointments, visit the SGU website.

About St. George's University
St. George's University is a center of international education, drawing students and faculty from 140 countries to the island of Grenada, in the West Indies, to its programs in medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, science, and business. St. George's is affiliated with educational institutions worldwide, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and Ireland. The University's over 14,000 graduates include physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and public health and business professionals across the world. The University programs are accredited and approved by many governing authorities and repeatedly recognized as the best in the region. For more information, visit www.sgu.edu.

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