One of the major talent pipelines bringing a steady stream of young doctors to Rhode Island is the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington. Twelve graduates – more than 10 percent of its 2012 graduating class of 110 – accepted residencies at hospitals in Providence, many choosing a primary care career path.
Providence hospitals were the most popular choice, tied with University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Hospital, among more than 60 institutions across the nation, including Yale-New Haven Hospital, University of Pittsburgh, Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center, Stanford University, University of California San Francisco Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Boston.
By comparison, of the 72 graduating students in 2012 at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, 10 stayed at Rhode Island hospitals, according to David Orenstein, spokesman for the school.
The new residents were following the path of other recent graduates from the Vermont College of Medicine, according to Meghan Beucher, now a first-year resident in pediatrics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Brown University.
Over the last five years, 29 medical students have matched at programs in Rhode Island, including three in 2008, six in 2009, four each in 2010 and in 2011, and this year’s bumper crop, according to Carole L. Whitaker, assistant dean for communication and planning at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.
Beucher, who earned her undergraduate degree at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt., did not have a geographic destination in mind when she began her search. “I looked all over, but I got a really good feeling when I met with other residents [in Providence], the night before my interview,” she said. “All had formed close friendships with each other, and I imagined myself as a part of the group, as part of a tight-knit group.”