Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine Students Learn Where They Will Begin Their Residencies

by News Release | Mar 23, 2018

Match Day 2018With their May 2018 graduation fast approaching, the second class of the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) took time away from their studies March 16 to learn where they will begin the next phase of their journey toward becoming a doctor. In a ceremony known nationally as “Match Day,” the future doctors gathered with faculty, staff, family and friends in Alumni Hall on Marian’s campus to learn where they are being placed for residencies.

Of the 151 students who participated in “Match Day,” 147 received information about where they will complete their post-doctoral specialty training, commonly referred to as a “residency.”

“The national Match Rate for M.D. graduates was just released and is 94.3 percent,” Donald Sefcik, DO, dean of MU-COM, said. “So we are obviously pleased with the 97.4 percent placement rate for MU-COM graduates. We are equally excited that nearly 60 percent of our graduates will begin residencies in primary care specialties, and that more than one-third of them will remain right here in Indiana for their residencies.”

By geographic location, 51 graduates (33.8%) will be training in the State of Indiana, while 64.9% will be training in one of the five states (Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky) that align with one of MU-COM’s primary goals of placing physicians in Indiana and neighboring states. The 147 graduates who have finalized their residency plans will begin their training in 76 different cities in 26 states.

The “Match Day” ceremony is administered by the National Resident Matching Program of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and is held at medical schools across the country each year on the third Friday in March.

When MU-COM was opened in August 2013, it became Indiana’s second medical school, and the first to open in 110 years. It is the nation’s first osteopathic medical school at a Catholic university, and just the fifth medical school of any kind located at a Catholic university.

The 151 graduates will celebrate their commencement Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Additional statistics about the residency placements:

Top 5 by Specialty (%)

Family Medicine


Internal Medicine


Emergency Medicine






Top 5 by State (%)









New York and Texas

4.0% each

Top 5 by Training Facility (#)

St. Vincent Health (19)



Indiana University SOM (9)



Community Health Network (8)



Franciscan Health Network (4)



Five Institutions (3 each)




About Marian University Indianapolis

Marian University (, founded in Indianapolis in 1937, is the only Catholic liberal arts university in central Indiana. It serves a student body of 3.421 through dedication to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts traditions. Marian University is one of Indiana’s 31 independent colleges and one of 244 Catholic colleges and universities nationwide. Since 2001, Marian University has been led by President Daniel J. Elsener, whose vision and leadership are transforming the university. In 2013, Marian University opened the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences, home to its College of Osteopathic Medicine. Marian University has amassed 40 national championships in cycling, captured the NAIA Football National Championship in 2012 and 2015, and won the NAIA Women’s Basketball Championship in 2016 and 2017.

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