EVANSVILLE/VINCENNES--The Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville
and the Southwest Indiana Internal Medicine Residency Program announced
that 24 new physicians matched for the second class of the new residency
program. These 24 new physicians will join the inaugural class in July
for training at two regional sites: Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes
and Ascension St. Vincent Evansville.
Match Day is an annual rite of passage for U.S. medical students and other
applicants from around the world. Medical students begin the residency
application process at the start of their final year in medical school.
After applying to various registered programs across the country, select
candidates are invited by programs for interviews, which were held virtually
in the fall and early winter. Once the interview period is over, registered
parties submit their preference lists to the National Residency Matching
Program, which has performed the national match annually since 1952.
This recently accredited program at Indiana University School of Medicine
expands the opportunity for resident training across hospitals in southern
Indiana. Indiana ranks 34th in the nation in primary care providers per
capita, with many areas in southwest Indiana designated as health professional
shortage areas. When fully mature, the Internal Medicine Residency program
will provide 56 physicians with regional training opportunities.
Internal Medicine Program Director, Robert Ficalora, MD, FACP, noted how
extraordinarily unusual it is to fill 24 positions in a newer program;
“Our rank to Match ratio was 5.6:1 in our first two years. As most
new programs in community-based hospital programs are much higher, we
see this as a great indication of the quality of the program and our clinical
partners.” He also stated that the quality of our residents is very
impressive, as the program garnered students from some of the highest
ranked medical schools in the world, including UCLA, IU and Royal College.
Good Samaritan Hospital has a large underserved primary care base in southern
Indiana, which extends almost 100 miles into four counties of southeastern
Illinois. Ascension St. Vincent is a regional care provider, with significant
subspecialty resources and a large referral population from southern Indiana,
southeastern Illinois as well as western Kentucky.