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  • Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

NYIT celebrates Match Day for Class of 2022

Updated: Mar 23, 2022

JONESBORO, Ark- Friday was a big day for student doctors at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine as they learned what their next step is on the road to becoming a doctor.

It’s Match Day- a day years in the making for NYIT student doctors as they find out where they will be continuing their post-graduate medical education.

“Match Day is really what students work their entire medical school career [for],” Dr. Holly Proffitt, senior career advisor at NYIT, says.

In addition to finding out what residency program student doctors are accepted into, they also learn what type of physician they will be.

Searcy native Taylor Rutherford fulfilled her dream today, matching in internal medicine at NEA Baptist.

“That was always the dream when attending medical school, is that I could go to medical school in my home state, and also do residency, and serve in my home state,” the future doctor said.

This is the third Match Day for the NYITCOM at Arkansas State. However, it holds a special place in the heart of faculty and staff, as it's the first to take place in person due to the Covid pandemic. Dr. Proffitt calls it a big day.

“It’s really indescribable, to be honest. I planned this party two years ago, and to see it in fruition is something that honestly, we’ve been dreaming about and losing sleep about a little bit, ha. I don’t consider myself a crier, but when one student started crying and thanking me, I mean that made all the hard work and everything we’ve missed over the last two years worth it.”

Rutherford saw the Covid-19 pandemic first-hand training in the hospital. She says it inspired her interest in internal medicine.

“I wanted to be a part of the fight. And I was like, ‘who are the ones in the depths of this?' It’s mainly your internal medicine, your emergency medicine, your family medicine. Seeing how it was handled in the hospital, I knew I wanted to help make a difference,” she said.

Students received envelopes that contained their match results- stating where they'll spend the next three to seven years training.

Of the class of 2022, 96% placed in residency programs, with many staying in Arkansas.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am. I say all the time; I hope my boys grow up in a different Arkansas. And an Arkansas that is healthy, and well, and I absolutely know these students are going to be the contributors to that,” Dr. Proffitt said.

The student doctors will graduate in May and start their residency programs across the country in July.


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