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Creighton University School of Medicine's fourth-year medical students learned where they will spend the next few years of their training during an emotional national medical Match Day on Friday, March 15. A total of 123 Creighton students participated in matching programs this year (117 in the National Resident Matching Program, two in the San Francisco Match and four in the Military Match), with 94%  matching into their specialty of choice.

Match Day is the culmination of months of applications, interviews and a complex ranking process which pairs the nation's senior medical students with post-doctoral training programs. Pairings are announced simultaneously at the nation's 155 medical schools each year on the third Friday of March.

Michael G. Kavan, M.D., associate dean for student affairs at Creighton University School of Medicine, who oversees the match process reported that it was an excellent residency match year. For the first time, pediatrics was the most popular specialty for Creighton students, with 19 entering a pediatric residency program. This was followed by internal medicine (16), emergency medicine (12), psychiatry (12), obstetrics and gynecology (11), anesthesiology (10), general surgery (8), family medicine (7), diagnostic radiology (6), orthopedics (5), dermatology (2), neurology (2), ophthalmology (2) and pathology. Creighton students also matched into medicine and pediatrics, otolaryngology, pediatrics and emergency medicine, plastic surgery and radiation oncology.

Creighton students matched into residency programs in 33 states and the District of Columbia. Among the prestigious programs into which students matched are: Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, UCLA, Dartmouth, Emory, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, University of North Carolina, Weill-Cornell, Yale, Creighton University and St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.

Memories of Match Day will last a lifetime for all students involved, but it will hold a special place in one Creighton senior's heart. Emily Yeager, the last student to take the stage, was surprised with a proposal from her boyfriend, Drew Keyser, a third-year Creighton medical student. After an emotional acceptance, Yeager learned that she matched into her program of choice, pediatric residency at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Click here to view video of the proposal or here to watch Match Day in its entirety.

About Creighton University

Creighton University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution located in Omaha, Neb., enrolls more than 4,200 undergraduate and 3,500 professional school and graduate students. No other university its size offers students such a comprehensive academic environment coupled with personal attention from faculty-mentors. With nine colleges and schools on the same campus, Creighton affords incomparable interdisciplinary learning and unique opportunities for collaborative research among arts and sciences, business, health sciences and law. Creighton has been a top-ranked Midwestern regional university in the college edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine for more than 20 years. For more information, visit our website at: www.creighton.edu.

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