Can't Stop the Match

Amid a world health crisis, the Stritch School of Medicine Class of 2020 came together as a virtual community to celebrate one of the most important milestones in a medical students’ educational journey: Match Day.

From their homes and apartments across the country, M4 students logged onto their computers on Friday, March 20, to learn their residency match alongside their fellow students, mentors, and families. The decision to host a virtual Match Day this year came amidst the global spread of the coronavirus pandemic, which has wreaked havoc on health systems around the world. "Given our current environment, the career you have chosen – one of service – is so vital to caring for the greater good,” interim Dean Sam Marzo, MD, said in his congratulatory statement. “As you begin this next phase, remember the importance of caring for yourself, too."

This year, Sean Greenhalgh, MD, FACP, associate professor, hospital medicine, received the Outstanding Clinical Educator Award and Theresa Kristopaitis, MD, FACP, professor, hospital medicine, medical education was the recipient of the Outstanding Classroom Educator Award. These honors are voted on by the M4 class. During his acceptance speech via livestream, Dr. Greenhalgh shared his own experience with the Match and how students should not be discouraged if they don’t get their first pick: “Fourteen years ago, when I opened up my envelope, Loyola was my number two. I didn’t expect to be here. I was disappointed. Today, I know it’s where I was meant to be. Remember these things happen for a reason.”

View photos and moments Stritch M4s have shared.

Given our current environment, the career you have chosen – one of service – is so vital to caring for the greater good. As you begin this next phase, remember the importance of caring for yourself, too."
— Sam J. Marzo, MD, interim dean of Stritch

Where is the Class of 2020 headed?


The Stritch Class of 2020 has 146 students; the largest portion, 43 percent, placed in primary care specialties. Twenty-five percent of those students are entering internal medicine and 11 percent are going into family medicine. The top five other specialties were emergency medicine (eight percent), general surgery (five percent), obstetrics-gynecology (five percent), otolaryngology (four percent), and surgery (four percent).


Students matched in 24 states. Forty-three percent of the class matched in Illinois, with 15 percent staying on campus for residencies at the Loyola Medical Center. Sixty-three percent of students are staying in the Midwest, while14 percent will move to the East Coast, 17 percent to the West Coast, and six percent down South.

Download information about the matches for the class of 2020. Visit our Instagram or Twitter to catch up on highlights from this big day. Or watch the recorded online Match Day Ceremonies. Continue to share you photos, videos, and special moments by tagging @LoyolaHSD or using: #LoyolaMatch2020 #MatchOfThePenguins #Stritch #StritchMatch .

63%

matched in the Midwest

43%

placed in Primary Care specialties

15%

staying on campus for residencies at Loyola University Medical Center

Giving Back

As its class gift to Stritch, the class of 2020 will be establishing a food pantry on campus or in the community for students in need. While the class is asking for donations of $20.20 and a goal of 100% student participation, any amount from any friend of Strich is appreciated.

We welcome family, friends and members of the Stritch community to support the effort as well. Students will be fundraising until commencement.

Donate online at luc.edu/stritch20.

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