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Geisinger School of Medicine celebrates successful Match Day

SCRANTON — On March 19, a total of 99 students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine learned their residency placements during the National Resident Matching Program’s “Match Day.”

During the event, all fourth-year M.D. students around the country simultaneously open their envelopes to learn where they will spend the next three to seven years training in specialties. Residencies typically begin July 1.

“We are proud of the success of our Class of 2021,” said Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., president and dean of Geisinger Commonwealth and executive vice president, Geisinger.

“Once again, our students matched into excellent local residency programs, as well as some of the most competitive and prestigious programs and specialties in the nation. I am pleased that 11 students matched at Geisinger. I am also happy to note that the first cohort of five Abigail Geisinger Scholars matched — two at Geisinger. All five will eventually work as Geisinger physicians serving our communities. I am especially excited that our first REACH-HEI participant, involved in the enrichment program since high school, has had a successful match and is looking forward to residency.” Scheinman said.

Scheinman noted that the Class of 2021’s success in this year’s Match is all the more remarkable because the pandemic rendered all recruiting and interviewing virtual.

According to the National Resident Match Program (NRMP), the 2021 Main Residency Match was the largest in NRMP history. There were 38,106 total positions offered, the most ever, and 35,194 first-year positions offered, an increase of 2.7% over 2020.

According to Scheinman, who is the chair of the NRMP board, a record-high 5,915 programs were part of the Match, 88 more than 2020.

Scheinman noted that 41 Geisinger Commonwealth students matched into primary care fields and seven into psychiatry.

Scheinman also observed that Geisinger Commonwealth applicants matched into some of the most competitive specialties in American medicine, including dermatology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, orthopedics, neurosurgery and plastic surgery.

In addition to the large number of Geisinger Commonwealth students who will train at leading community-based programs, many students will go to residencies at highly competitive teaching hospitals, including those associated with Brown, Weill Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Penn, Walter Reed and the Universities of Michigan, Rochester and Washington.

In addition to the recently announced results, five GCSOM students previously learned of their matches at military training sites and one student was informed of their match into ophthalmology, which selects residency placement through a different process.

According to the National Resident Matching Program, the 2021 Main Residency Match included more than 42,000 applicants.

Students matching are:

n Regino Miguel Flores of Altoona, who matched into psychiatry at Lehigh Valley Hospital

n Joshua N. Pettengill of Port Matilda, who matched into emergency Medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center.

Juniata announces e-sports partnership with Mobalytics

HUNTINGDON — Juniata College and Mobalytics, an analytics-based gaming companion, are launching a partnership to improve the university’s growing e-sports program.

Since winning Techcrunch 2016, Mobalytics has emerged as a leading force in advancing player development and scouting for major titles like League of Legends.

Juniata College, which launched its varsity e-sports lineup in 2019, will be utilizing Mobalytics to help their rosters optimize their performance and growth.

“We can’t wait to help players and coaches of Juniata College continue to build upon their momentum,” said Amine Issa, Warchief of Science, and co-founder of Mobalytics.

“We’ve learned a lot from working with professional teams and we’re looking forward to applying our understanding at the collegiate level. Our main goals are to not only help their current rosters grow, but also aid their scouts in discovering the next wave of promising recruits.”

“We are excited to work alongside Mobalytics to provide our varsity League of Legends players the data and the edge they need to continue their success in the Landmark Conference and beyond,” said Alex Kurtz, director of e-sports at Juniata College.

Beyond aiding Juniata College with its performance, Mobalytics will also be collaborating with its program to produce new content, such as stats and infographics based on the players and the LoL champions they use in-game.

Area student competes with Bloomsburg forensics team

BLOOMSBURG — The Bloomsburg University forensics team competed in online speech and debate tournament.

Bloomsburg University won the third-place team sweepstakes award out of seven schools at the Collegiate Forensic Association’s Third Virtual (CFA) Tournament held Feb. 12 and 13.

Isaac Osborn from Ebensburg was fourth in after-dinner speaking; fourth in informative speaking; and fourth in parliamentary debate with Jonathan Roe.

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