Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine students learn where they will begin their residencies

by News Release | Mar 18, 2019

Match DayINDIANAPOLIS With their May 2019 graduation fast approaching, the third class of the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) took time away from their studies March 15 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 160 students who participated in “Match Day,” 158 received information about where they will complete their post-doctoral specialty training, commonly referred to as a “residency.”

“We are obviously pleased with the 98.8 percent placement rate for MU-COM graduates,” Donald Sefcik, DO, senior vice president of health professions and dean of MU-COM, said.  “We are equally excited that 62.5 percent of our graduates will begin residencies in primary care specialties, and that nearly one-third of them will remain right here in Indiana for their residencies.”

By geographic location, 48 graduates (30 percent) will be training in the State of Indiana, while 65 percent 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 158 graduates who have finalized their residency plans will begin their training in 80 different cities in 23 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 160 graduates will celebrate their commencement Saturday, May 4 in the arena/convocation center on the Marian University campus.

Additional statistics about the residency placements:

Top 5 by Specialty (%)

Family Medicine

49 (30.6%)

Internal Medicine

27 (16.9%)


14 (8.8%)


11 (6.9%)

Obstetrics and Gynecology

10 (6.3%)

Top 5 by State (%)


48 (30%)


20 (12.5%)


17 (10.63%)


12 (7.5%)


7 (4.38%)

Top 5 by Training Facility (#)

St. Vincent Health (16)



Indiana University SOM (11)



Community Health Network (8)



Franciscan Health Network (3)



Seven Institutions (3 each)



About Marian University Indianapolis

Founded in 1937, Marian University is proud to be the only Catholic university in Indianapolis and central Indiana. In 2018, Marian is serving 2,400 undergraduate and 1,160 graduate students earning degrees in the arts, business, education, engineering, math, medicine, nursing, ministry, and the natural and physical sciences. The university’s high-impact, experiential curriculum is designed to provide hands-on, collaborative learning opportunities for students from 45 states and 23 nations. Marian climbed in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Midwestern rankings to be named #10 Most Innovative Regional University, #24 Best Value University, and #38 Best Regional University. Marian University opened its College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013, making it the first new school of medicine in the state of Indiana in over 110 years. Marian’s national champion varsity athletic programs include the 2012 and 2015 NAIA Football National Championship, the 2016 and 2017 NAIA Women’s Basketball Championship, and more than 40 USA Cycling national championships.

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