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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19, 2021

TUC College of Osteopathic Medicine Class Celebrates National Residency Match Day

The 21st graduating class of TUC sets records for Primary Care and placements in California

Vallejo, Calif. (March 19, 2021): Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUCCOM), Class of 2021 celebrated a successful national residency match today with students being matched to 18 different medical specialties ranging from family medicine to pediatrics, emergency medicine, psychiatry medical genetics, dermatology, internal medicine and orthopedic surgery.  Two out of every three students graduating will enter primary care foundation residencies, the highest percentage in school history.  Graduates matched from Washington to Florida and San Diego to New Hampshire, but nearly 60% will stay in California, also a record for the college.  This year’s graduates further expanded TUC’s presence in local, regional, and rural family medicine training programs, and matched to a broader mix of medicine training programs in California than ever before.  The Class of 2021 proudly sends five graduates into military medicine and national service in the fields of Psychiatry, Surgery, Anesthesiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

“I want to let you all know how amazing you’ve all been,” said K. Scott Whitlow, Associate Dean of Clinical Education, who was experiencing Match Day for the first time. In recognizing this class has faced the usual medical school challenges, along with those generated by the COVID crisis, Dr. Whitlow continued, “You are going to be more prepared…in how you look at challenges, maybe more than any other class in the history of medical school.”

Across the country graduates of medical schools learned where they will be going for residency in a simultaneous online release of results that is considered a rite of passage for young physicians. The matching process starts in a student’s last year of medical school where they apply to various residency programs and submit a rank order list of their choices to the National Resident Matching Program. In turn, residency programs submit a list of their candidates in preferred order. The Matching Program uses a computer algorithm to match students to residencies based on the student’s ranked order and complementary match with the program. While in residency for the next three to seven years, graduates will gain specialized training in their area of focus.

In reminding the students that some matches are a students’ top choice and some are less than their number one pick, Dr. Tami Hendriksz, Associate Dean of Clinical Education, told the Class of 2021 to be proud no matter what.

“Remember, they chose you. You are their match. I’ve seen the magic of the match work in amazing ways,” Dr. Hendriksz said. “We are all so lucky that you are the future of healthcare and of our profession.”

TUCCOM’s Dr. Walter Hartwig, Director of Enrollment Management and Student Success, who helps coordinate Match Day, honored the students for everything they have endured in their time at Touro.

“I’m going to try to get through this,” Dr. Hartwig said, fighting his emotions. “This world is a better place now because of your match.”

As the 21st graduating class, TUCCOM’s Class of 2021 will soon join over 2,000 alumni osteopathic physicians in various specialties. Highlights of this year’s residency match include:

  • Successful match rates higher than the national average in 14 of the 15 disciplines
  • Record number for matches in Internal Medicine and matches in California
  • Five graduates combining residency training with military service in the United States Army, Navy and Air Force
  • The highest concentration of primary care matches in a single class

“Congratulations to the Class of 2021 on your success and for a strong commitment to serve patients,” said Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Sarah Sweitzer. “Match Day is one of the most anticipated days on campus each year, and the fact that it can’t be on campus this year is proof enough that you all have what it takes to push through difficulties and excel in the face of adversity.”

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro has 35 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Illinois, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: www.touro.edu/news