Press Release: NRMP to Host National Conference

Stakeholders to Examine Transition from Medical School to Residency

Conference logoWashington, D.C., September 17, 2015 –The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) is pleased to announce its inaugural conference, Transition to Residency: Conversations Across the Medical Education Continuum, taking place October 1 -3, 2015 at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA. Program directors, teaching hospital administrators, and medical school officials from across the nation will come together to discuss ways to improve the educational and training experiences of young physicians.

“The meeting has been designed to accomplish three goals,” said NRMP Chair Dr. Maria C. Savoia. “We want attendees to collectively discuss ways to strengthen the transition from medical school to residency, identify tools and resources needed to make that transition successful, and address concerns related to the current and future physician workforce.” Mona M. Signer, President and CEO, echoed that sentiment, adding, “The NRMP is uniquely positioned to bring all Match stakeholders together in one venue to engage in discussions and formulate solutions for this important milestone in the lives of doctors.”

Plenary Speakers

The meeting offers attendees the opportunity to hear nationally-recognized thought leaders lend their expertise and insights to the conversation:

  • Pauline Chen, M.D, New York Times columnist and author of Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality
  • Jerome Groopman, M.D., and Pamela Hartzband, M.D., authors of Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What is Right for You
  • Deborah Powell, M.D. member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education
  • Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, The George Washington University School of Public Health
  • Kenneth Shine, M.D., Former Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, The University of Texas System
  • Abraham Verghese, M.D., New York Times Bestselling Author of Cutting for Stone

Attendees also will participate in breakout sessions covering a range of topics specific to the transition process.

Town Hall

The meeting also features a Town Hall-style forum in which attendees and NRMP leadership can discuss ways in which NRMP can enhance the services and resources provided to constituents. NRMP leadership will highlight current initiatives, answer constituent questions, and field suggestions for future projects.

The meeting begins at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 1, and concludes at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 3. The target audience includes program directors, institutional officials, and medical school student affairs and academic affairs deans and faculty. Other professionals engaged in research or clinical practice at the undergraduate and/or graduate medical education level, especially as it relates to Match participation and processes, also are welcome.

About NRMP

The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) is a private, non-profit organization established in 1952 at the request of medical students to provide an orderly and fair mechanism for matching the preferences of applicants for U.S. residency positions with the preferences of residency program directors. In addition to the annual Main Residency Match® for more than 40,000 applicants, the NRMP conducts Fellowship Matches for more than 50 subspecialties through its Specialties Matching Service® (SMS®).