We came, we saw, we matched

Tears, hugs, and cheers filled the medical school atrium as the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Class of 2019, along with other fourth-year medical students across the country, learned their Residency Match on Friday, March 15. The letters included the student’s location and specialty of the residency program where they will train for the next three to seven years.

This year, Kamran Mirza, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pathology, Medical Education received the Outstanding Classroom Educator Award and Trent Reed, DO, Professor, Emergency Medicine, Medical Education was the recipient of the Outstanding Clinical Educator Award. These honors are voted on by the M4 class. Interim Dean Sam Marzo, MD, shared his story of his own Match Day: “I didn’t match… but look where I am now! I stuck it out and did general surgery and eventually got into otolaryngology and was a resident here at Loyola… never say no to any opportunity.”

Where is the Class of 2019 headed?

The Stritch Class of 2019 has 156 students, and the largest portion, 43 percent, placed in Primary Care specialties. Seventeen percent of those students are going into Internal Medicine and thirteen percent are going into Family Medicine. The top five other specialties were Pediatrics (9 percent), General Surgery/Surgery - Preliminary (9 percent), Emergency Medicine (6 percent), Obstetrics-Gynecology (4 percent), and Neurology (4 percent).

Students matched in 29 states. Thirty five percent of the class matched in Illinois, with 15 percent staying on campus for residencies at Loyola University Medical Center. Fifty nine percent of students are staying in the Midwest, with 11 percent going to the East Coast, 20 percent going to the West Coast, and 10 percent going down South.


matched in Illinois


placed in Primary Care specialties


staying on campus for residencies at Loyola University Medical Center

Matches made

Puja Gupta

Internal Medicine

University California - San Diego

Jennifer Novak


University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

Brian Opferman

Emergency Medicine

University of Missouri - Kansas City

Remember how you got here – remember to thank all of the people who helped you get here.
— Sam J. Marzo, MD, interim dean of Stritch

Match Day nationwide