Fourth year medical students across the country – including 44 in Peoria - tore into sealed envelopes today. The students at the U of I College of Medicine in Peoria found out where they would go for their residency programs in the annual “Match Day” ritual. Five students from this year’s class are also remaining in Peoria for their residency programs. That includes Lisa Fosnot, who is studying internal medicine at OSF. She says she wanted to remain in the area:
“It is important to be able to stay and train. You know these people, you care about these people and you can give back to these people. It’s a great community to be in. Peoria has so much to offer. I’m very pleased to be able to stay here,” Fosnot says.
Peoria has 70 medical resident positions that were filled as of the matches revealed today. About 12,000 students applied for a Peoria residencies. Of those, 800 interviews were held to fill the open slots.