News Release - March 21, 2014

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Jennifer Forbes                                                                                                         
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Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Class of 2014 Learns of Residency Placement During Nationally held Match Day

First Class of Medical School Students to Graduate as part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


New Brunswick, NJ – Match Day is one of the most exciting milestones for medical school students and is the final reward to four years of perpetual learning about the art and science of the human body. At noon today, shrieks of joy, as well as some tears, erupted during the Match Day celebration at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, moments after fourth-year medical students opened envelopes that contained their futures. Held simultaneously across the United States, Match Day is when thousands of medical students discover where they will spend the next three to seven years of residency training following their upcoming graduation. Of the students who participated in the Match, 98 percent the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s students, matched to a residency of their choice, exceeding the national average of 94.4 percent. The medical school has exceeded the national match rate each year for more than 10 years.

“On behalf of the faculty at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, I am very proud of our students’ performance in the 2014 Match,” said Vicente H. Gracias, MD, interim dean. “A match that yet again exceeds the national rate is testament to our students’ academic excellence, as well as to the education they received.”

There are 122 students graduating on May 18 – the first class graduating as part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, since 1970. Of the graduating students 17 matched to programs in New Jersey, and of these, 13 students matched to Rutgers Biomedical and Health Science programs, all of whom will train at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the medical school’s principal affiliate hospital.

The largest percentage of students, 16.9 percent, matched in Internal Medicine programs, while 18.6 percent of the graduates will be surgeons and nearly 6 percent, general surgeons. Graduating students from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School also will attend residency programs at Johns Hopkins, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Yale University, Columbia University and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as Duke University, Brown University and the Mayo Clinic.

According to the National Residency Matching Program, which coordinates the matching process, more than 17,000 U.S. allopathic medical school seniors and 16,000 other applicants participated in the 2014 Match.

About Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

As one of the nation's leading comprehensive medical schools, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in education, research, health care delivery, and the promotion of community health. In cooperation with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the medical school's principal affiliate, they comprise New Jersey's premier academic medical center. In addition, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School has 34 other hospital affiliates and ambulatory care sites throughout the region.

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School encompasses 20 basic science and clinical departments, and hosts centers and institutes including The Cardiovascular Institute, the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, and the Stem Cell Institute of New Jersey. The medical school maintains educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels for more than 1,500 students on its campuses in New Brunswick and Piscataway, and provides continuing education courses for health care professionals and community education programs. To learn more about Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, visit Find us online at and