A Record Number of Residency Positions Obtained for SGU Graduates

St. George’s University graduates have had a record year of achievement thus far in obtaining first-year US residency posts, making this the third year in a row the University placed more graduates in first year US residency posts than any medical school in the world.

Congratulations, graduates! Thus far (April 12, 2013) – and the list keeps growing – 789 PGY-1 positions in 18 different specialties were secured in the US by our graduates in 46 of the 50 states. In addition to the 18 Canadian graduates who secured PGY-1 spots in Canada, many Canadian graduates obtained US residency positions this year.

While the majority of the graduates this year are fulfilling one of the University’s goals of meeting the American Medical Association’s call for more primary care doctors around the country, 25 graduates secured residencies in emergency medicine, 56 in surgery, and 22 in anesthesiology. Others matched in a variety of different specialties, including one graduate who secured an orthopedic surgery spot.

Among the 2013 matches was Michael Melin, who looks forward to beginning his anesthesiology residency at the University of Washington School of Medicine this summer. Mr. Melin grew up 15-20 minutes from the UW campus and earned his bachelor’s degree from nearby University of Puget Sound. He set off to Grenada with hopes of returning to the Pacific Northwest and is proud to have been offered the opportunity.

“Matching at the University of Washington really was a dream come true,” said Mr. Melin, who had gone on 12 interviews for anesthesiology and pegged UW as his top choice. “It will be really nice to go back west – my wife is from the west coast and all of my family is there.”

SGU students also matched in programs located in three Canadian provinces, including Catherine Murray, who obtained a highly competitive diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Ottawa through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). The native of Winnipeg bolstered her resume by completing three radiology electives and shined during her clinical rotations at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit is proud to be able to continue her career in his home country.

“It’s very exciting to be going back to Canada and to be going to a great program,” Ms. Murray said. “I was told that radiology was very competitive, but felt that I was competitive enough. I felt very comfortable leaving Grenada with my knowledge base, and I think SGU students make a good impression wherever they go.”