Class of 2019 residency match strong on primary care, in-state

Jul 19, 2019

Close to half of the students in the graduating class of 2019 from the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine matched into a primary care residency program, and more than two-thirds will be staying in-state, according to data from the college’s residency advising team.

Out of 228 students from all three campuses who were eligible to receive D.O. degrees this year, the match rate was a near-perfect 99.1 percent. Of these, 69.8 percent matched to programs in Ohio, and 47 percent matched into a primary care specialty (internal medicine, family medicine or pediatrics).

These numbers are consistent with the college’s strong track record in these two areas. Historically, about 50 percent of Heritage College alumni practice in primary care and nearly 60 percent practice in Ohio.

“Heritage College graduates are nothing short of extraordinary, and our match rates support that claim,” said Ken Johnson, D.O., executive dean of the Heritage College and chief medical affairs officer for Ohio University. “I’m especially excited to see so many matches with our partner sites near our Cleveland and Dublin campuses. These numbers validate our three-campus, one college model and prove that students are benefiting from our expansion into northeast and central Ohio.” 

A total of 111 students, or 47.8 percent, matched to programs in one of 21 facilities that are part of the college’s Clinical Education Network, all located in Ohio. The partner sites accepting the most Heritage College graduates were Case Western University School of Medicine’s MetroHealth Medical Center with 14 residents and OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital with 13.

Four Cleveland Clinic sites – Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Akron General, Fairview Hospital and South Pointe Hospital – accounted for a combined 20 slots, while four OhioHealth facilities – Doctors Hospital, Dublin Methodist Hospital, Grant Medical Center and Riverside Methodist Hospital – took a total of 27 residents. Cleveland Clinic and OhioHealth are the college’s pre-eminent education partners for the Cleveland and Dublin campuses, respectively.

Approximately one-quarter of the 2019 graduates from the Heritage College, Dublin, matched to central Ohio sites, and nearly half of the graduates from the Cleveland campus will be doing their residencies in northeast Ohio.

Two of the designated primary care fields – internal medicine and family medicine – tied for the most popular specialty, with 19.5 percent of the class going into each. They were followed by emergency medicine, which accounted for 16.9 percent, and pediatrics at 8.2 percent.

The residency advising team reports that an even 100 residency sites took class of 2019 Heritage College graduates, including health care facilities in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.