Tuesday, 19 April 2022

The Perfect Match: MENA Medical Students from St. George’s University Secure US Residencies on Match Day 2022


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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 19 April 2022 – For St. George’s University (SGU) students and graduates, the emotions from Match Day 2022 won’t soon be forgotten. This monumental occasion for aspiring doctors is when they discover if they have secured a US residency to practice within a specialty under the supervision of a senior medical clinician.

To date, more than 950 soon-to-be practicing physicians, from countries such as Jordan, Egypt and Turkey have secured first-year residencies in the US. They will bring with them the knowledge and skills they have learned at the School of Medicine and the practical training they get during their residency to the MENA region.

This year, SGU students matched into first-year residency positions come from a variety of specialties and are spread throughout respected hospitals across the US. They will begin residency programs in a range of highly competitive specialties, including neurology, emergency medicine, surgery, and more. More students are expected to obtain residencies in the days and weeks to come.

“Match Day is one of the most important days of a medical student’s career,” said Dr. G. Richard Olds, president of St. George’s University. “On behalf of the entire SGU community, I extend my sincere congratulations to this outstanding group of students. I wish them the best as they begin their careers.”

With these residencies, SGU graduates will play a critical role in addressing the most pressing healthcare needs. 75 percent of St. George’s University graduates enter primary care specialties, such as internal medicine, pediatrics, and family medicine. One in five works in medically unserved areas, and many have served on the frontlines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overall, SGU is the largest source of practicing doctors to the US healthcare system according to the Federation of State Medical Boards.

“SGU alumni have a long history of rising to meet the medical challenges facing their communities,” Dr. Olds said. “We’re confident that our newest class of doctors will make equally meaningful contributions and improve access to care for vulnerable patients and communities.”

St. George’s University has over 19,000 School of Medicine graduates in the US and around the world—including 279 from MENA.

They are all part of the SGU global community with the same goal of helping people with a better life.


Dr. Richard Olds

Dr. G. Richard Olds, president of St. George’s University