ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Administrators from St. George's University announced today that graduates from its School of Medicine secured 789 postgraduate year one positions in the United States in 18 different specialties across 46 states. The announcement marks the third year in a row in which St. George's grads topped US residency placement lists.
Most graduates took spots in primary care, heeding the American Medical Association's call for more primary care doctors. However, many St. George's graduates secured specialty and subspecialty residencies, including 25 in emergency medicine, 56 in surgery, 22 in anesthesiology, and one orthopedic surgery spot.
Michael Melin, one of the 2013 matches, will begin an anesthesiology residency this summer at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Melin earned his bachelor's degree from the nearby University of Puget Sound and traveled to Grenada, with plans to return to practice in his home state.
"Matching at the University of Washington really was a dream come true," says Melin, who pegged UW as his top choice.
In addition to the many St. George's Canadian graduates who obtained US residency positions this year, 18 matched in programs north of the border. Catherine Murray obtained a diagnostic radiology residency at the University of Ottawa through the Canadian Resident Matching Service. The Winnipeg native completed three radiology electives and did clinical rotations at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit.
"It's very exciting to be going back to Canada and to be going to a great program," Ms. Murray says. "I was told that radiology was very competitive, but I felt very comfortable with my knowledge base."
About St. George's University St. George's University is a center of international education, drawing students and faculty from 140 countries to the island of Grenada, in the West Indies to its programs in medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, science and business. St. George's is affiliated with educational institutions worldwide, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Ireland. The University's over 12,000 graduates include physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and public health and business professionals across the world. The University programs are accredited and approved by many governing authorities and repeatedly recognized as the best in the region. For more information, visit www.sgu.edu.