School of Medicine Seniors to Learn Residency Matches this Friday

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MACON/SAVANNAH/COLUMBUS – Nearly 100 Mercer University School of Medicine seniors in Macon, Savannah and Columbus will participate in the annual Match Day rite of passage this Friday.

Match Day is a nationwide event that serves to tell senior medical students what residency program they will enter following graduation. At noon on March 20, students across the country will begin opening envelopes that contain their residency matches.

The Macon ceremony will take place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Armory Ballroom and will include 50 students.

The Savannah ceremony will take place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mercer Auditorium in the Hoskins Center for Biomedical Research at Memorial University Medical Center and will include 36 students.

The Columbus ceremony will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Conference Center at Midtown Medical Center and will include 13 students.

About the Mercer University School of Medicine (Macon, Savannah and Columbus)

Mercer University's School of Medicine was established in 1982 to educate physicians and health professionals to meet the primary care and health care needs of rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia. Today, more than 60 percent of graduates currently practice in the state of Georgia, and of those, more than 80 percent are practicing in rural or medically underserved areas of Georgia. Mercer medical students benefit from a problem-based medical education program that provides early patient care experiences. Such an academic environment fosters the early development of clinical problem-solving and instills in each student an awareness of the place of the basic medical sciences in medical practice. The School opened a full four-year campus in Savannah in 2008 at Memorial University Medical Center. In 2012, the School began offering clinical education for third- and fourth-year medical students in Columbus. Following their second year, students participate in core clinical clerkships at the School's primary teaching hospitals: Medical Center, Navicent Health in Macon; Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah; and The Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. The School also offers master's degrees in family therapy, preclinical sciences and biomedical sciences and a Ph.D. and Psy.D. in clinical medical psychology.

Kyle is senior director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he serves as editor of the Mercerian alumni magazine and News@Mercer e-newsletters, and he coordinates hometown and university news releases.