LMU-DCOM Medical Students Celebrate 2024 Match Day

Match Day 2024

On Friday, March 15 at noon, the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) Class of 2024 opened their emails with excitement and anticipation to find out where they will complete their residency training over the next three to seven years. This event, known as Match Day, is celebrated annually by medical schools across the nation. 

This year, LMU-DCOM placed 96.8% of its graduating class into postgraduate training programs. Approximately 24% of the graduating class placed into programs within the Appalachian region and 14% within the State of Tennessee.   

“Match Day is the culmination of years of hard work and fortitude,” said Christopher Loyke, DO, FACOFP, dean and chief academic officer of LMU-DCOM. “It not only marks the end of their undergraduate training, but it also marks the beginning of their training as osteopathic physicians. LMU-DCOM administration, faculty and staff could not be prouder of the class of 2024.” 

Students matched in anesthesiology, child neurology, dermatology, emergency medicine, family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, medicine-emergency med, medicine-pediatrics, medicine-preliminary, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, pathology, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, radiology-diagnostic, radiation oncology, surgery-preliminary, transitional year, urology and vascular surgery. 

Prior to Match Day, medical students apply to residency programs through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and are interviewed for potential acceptance. After that process is complete, both the medical students and the residency programs rank their choices with a central matching service. On Match Day, the results of this process are announced. A record-high of 50,413 applicants registered in the 2024 Main Residency Match, an increase of 4.7% over last year. Among all registrants, 44,853 certified a rank order list of training preferences. Of the applicants who certified a rank order list, 35,984 matched to a post-graduate year one position.  

Approximately 78% of the members of the LMU-DCOM graduating class will enter their first year of residency training in a primary care track, including family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, emergency medicine, osteopathic manipulative medicine and transitional year. The members of the Class of 2024 will be practicing in 21 different specialties in 176 different residency programs in 40 states and the District of Columbia. 

“We are so proud of the class of 2024 for their accomplishments during match week,” said Lisa Shelburne, MBA, LMU-DCOM director of career services. “We are so happy that they chose LMU-DCOM for their medical education and can't wait to watch them in their career path as future alumni!” 

You can view Match Day celebration pictures here: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjBhFS5

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7082, email dcom@LMUnet.edu, or visit us online at http://med.LMUnet.edu. 

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