Students match with hospitals for Match Day

Published: Mar. 17, 2023 at 8:37 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 20, 2023 at 1:34 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Many students are another step closer to stepping into the medical field.

Friday, March 17 was “Match Day” for many medical students across the country, including in Jonesboro.

During this time, students are matched with hospitals where they will begin to work in specific areas.

NEA Baptist had eight students matched to their hospital, with some of their students being from Jonesboro.

“The first year of residency we call it your intern year. It’s where you really learn your job skills. It’s like on-the-job training,” said Dr. Paige Parnel, chief resident physician at NEA Baptist.

The students matched will begin their residency at the hospital in July. The process is around three years long.

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University (NYITCOM at A-State) had plenty to celebrate during Match Day.

According to a news release from the college, its Class of 2023 earned a 100% match rate.

“It’s incredibly exciting,” said Shane Speights, D.O., dean of NYITCOM at A-State. “It speaks to the continual hard work these future physicians have done to not only complete medical school, but to make themselves highly-qualified candidates for residency programs throughout the state, region, and country. I can’t say enough about how proud I am of these students. Likewise, it also speaks to the dedication and commitment of the faculty and staff at our medical school.”