Photo compilation of four School of Medicine students on Match Day, two holding up pieces of paper

School of Medicine Class of 2021 matches to residency programs

The School of Medicine Class of 2021 were matched to their residency hospitals on Friday, March 19. These fourth-year students achieved a milestone on their journey to become physicians on that day—learning where they will be spending their next years as a resident. In compliance with pandemic safety protocols for the second year in a row, some of our students and faculty met at the Health Education Campus, and others joined virtually to celebrate this next step on the path to becoming physicians.

During “normal” times, being a medical school student is arduous at best. However, like last year’s Match Day students, this year’s graduating class have experienced a truly tumultuous fourth year. Transitioning from traditional learning in classrooms to virtual instruction from home and having clerkships and many other mainstays interrupted, these students pivoted quickly, adjusting to an environment where various aspects of their education were constantly changing. 

As in years past, our 203 students who have matched were chosen by top programs throughout the United States, matching to residencies at top-ranked hospitals such as: Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, Massachusetts General, Mayo Clinic, New York-Presbyterian and UCLA Medical Center.  

Top residency specialties this year included internal medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine, general surgery, orthopedic surgery and obstetrics-gynecology. Primary care specialties account for 34% of the class. Nearly a quarter (22%) of this year’s class will continue serving the Cleveland community through residencies at University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth Medical Center, with 25% remaining in Ohio.

This year’s match results are a testament to the enduring strength and incredible flexibility of our students, faculty and leading-edge curriculum.