By Melissa Wirkus Hagstrom, contributor Mar 22, 2021
Day is pivotal day in Resident Matching Program
Friday, March 19 isn’t just any ordinary day. For medical school
students and graduates throughout the United States, it is the day that their
fate will be determined.
National Resident Matching Program
(NRMP) will celebrate the 2021 Main Residency Match, which is where
program applicants learn which U.S. residency program will be their training
ground for the next three to seven years.
The coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged our country in the
last year may be responsible for an increase in medical school residents going
forward, as many people feel called to careers in the healthcare field. But for
now, Match Day 2021 is the largest in history, with over 42,000 applicants and
more positions than ever before.
“The NRMP is honored to provide a fair, efficient, and reliable
Match for thousands of medical students and graduates as they look forward to
entering their specialty training,” says NRMP President and CEO Donna L. Lamb,
DHSc, MBA, BSN said in a statement. “COVID-19 presented many challenges to the
medical education community including remote learning, disrupted clinical
rotations, and virtual interviews and we are in awe of the grit and
determination medical students and graduates have shown over this past year.
Congratulations to all of this year’s Match participants.”
Match Day is the finale of
Match Week, which was March 15-19, and it’s an occasion that all future physicians will remember for the
rest of their lives.
Physician residency is a key career
Match Day has a monumental
effect on a resident’s career as it determines his or her direction and focus
for the next several years.
Association of American Medical Colleges 2020 Report on Residents breaks down the demographic and racial makeup of the
nation's doctors in training and provides key insight into data, trends and
characteristics of medical school graduates
and residents. The number of active
residents covered in the report increased from 134,951 in 2019 to 139,848 in
According to the report, “When it’s time to move out of their residencies, many
of America’s early-career doctors go where they’re needed most: One-quarter of
those who completed residencies in the past decade practice in medically
underserved areas (MUAs) across the country.”
The match process helps
residents determine the direction of their career by placing them in a program
that best meets their wants, needs, qualifications and skill sets.
Celebrate 2021 Match Day together online
This year, residents, friends, educators, healthcare
professionals and family members can join in on the fun of Match Day and all
celebrate online. The NRMP, American Medical Association (AMA), Association of
American Medical Colleges (AAMC) American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and
the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) are
partnering to host virtual events, and everyone can follow along on the
following platforms: Twitter, Tagboard, and YouTube.
Need to work
during residency? Medical moonlighting could be an option
Speaking of helping patient populations in need, physician
residents also have the ability to assist outside of their residency by means
of medical moonlighting.
Medical moonlighting, which can involve part-time locum tenens assignments, provides a
host of benefits, including the ability to pay off medical school debt, earn
secondary income and scout out potential places for future employment. The
opportunities are plentiful for experienced physicians, with some potential for
residents, as well—just with a few more caveats and restrictions.
Staff Care, an AMN Healthcare
company, specializes in locum tenens placements for physicians and advanced
practitioners, including locums work for medical residents on a limited basis.
Residents interested in this type of work should connect with a Staff Care recruiter
and your residency program to
determine if you are eligible for moonlighting opportunities. Some residency
programs do not allow them, while others will allow residents in good academic
standing to take on these types of positions.
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The Pros and Cons
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moonlighting locum tenens opportunities?
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