Lehigh Valley, Pa. (March 17, 2023) – Fifty-four SELECT (Scholarly Excellence, Leadership Experiences, Collaborative Training) medical students with the University of South Florida (USF) Health Morsani College of Medicine and Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) participated in the annual Match Day celebration. The SELECT students joined fourth-year medical students across the country in opening sealed envelopes to reveal the name of their “match” – the medical residency assignment that will shape their future careers as physicians. Some of the SELECT students opened their envelopes at The Renaissance Hotel in Allentown.
Michael Villeneuve of Macungie participated in the Allentown Match. Villeneuve will do his residency in surgery at LVHN.
Including Villeneuve, six SELECT students matched with LVHN.
“We are experiencing the golden age of education at Lehigh Valley Health Network,” says Robert Barraco, MD, Associate Dean for Educational Affairs of the Lehigh Valley Campus of USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and LVHN’s Chief Academic Officer. “Our four-year SELECT program is truly unique among medical school programs. Our partnership with the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine means that students get two years of classroom learning at one of the country’s most progressive medical schools – and the region’s highest ranked medical school – and two years of clinical experience right here, at one of the nation’s top health care systems.
“This partnership allows our students to learn from, and be mentored by, some of the top minds in medical education. And now with the addition of LVHN’s new Center for Healthcare Education and the acquisition of the Venel Institute, a world-class anatomical research and education facility, our students are experiencing a transformative learning environment. We aren’t just training physicians. We’re training the leaders who will shape the future of health care.”
Match Day is a much-anticipated national event for graduating medical students. The process: Fourth-year medical students apply to residency programs and attend personal interviews with prospective health organizations. After completing the interview phase, students submit a rank order list (ROL) of their preferred training programs to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Residency program directors also submit an ROL of their preferred students. A database aggregates the lists to come up with residency assignments that shape the careers of future medical doctors. The results are binding.
The USF/LVHN affiliation creating SELECT began in 2009. The region’s highest ranked medical school according to U.S. News & World Report, SELECT offers a medical education curriculum that trains a new generation of 21st century physician leaders. LVHN serves as the northern instructional medical campus of USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. Students attend USF Health Morsani College of Medicine Tampa campus located in Tampa, Fla., for their first two years of medical school, and then transition to LVHN for their last two years.
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) includes 13 hospital campuses, four in Allentown, two in Bethlehem, one in Easton, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton, two in Pottsville, one in Dickson City, and one in Lehighton, Pa.; 28 health centers; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices; 20 ExpressCARE locations including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE; pharmacy, imaging, home health, rehabilitation and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care for adults and children; burn care at the Regional Burn Center; kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer, orthopedics, neurology, complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center; and robotic surgery in 10 specialties. Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute, Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute, Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence, Lehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute and Lehigh Valley Fleming Neuroscience Institute physicians provide the most advanced treatments. Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance (MSK Cancer Alliance), an initiative that helps community providers improve the quality of cancer care and offers access to MSK clinical trials. Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, the third largest children’s hospital in Pennsylvania, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest is ranked as the region’s No. 1 hospital for nine straight years and has been recognized among Pennsylvania’s top 10 hospitals for nine consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest, LVH–17th Street and LVH–Muhlenberg are the Lehigh Valley’s only Magnet® hospitals for nursing excellence. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org or following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
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Lehigh Valley Health Network
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