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Lori Mercado

PAGNY's Residency/Fellowship Relationship Manager Lori Mercado was published in the September edition of the Journal of Surgical Education for her research. While many have previously researched factors that can predict medical school graduates' success in residency, Mercado, alongside five other researchers, investigated predictors of matching into surgical and anesthesiology resident programs.

Using a multivariable regression model, Mercado and her team used surgery and anesthesiology applicants from the 2020-2021 application cycle at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY to find trends in application characteristics.

Her team found four significant application characteristics that influenced matching to a higher or lower ranked anesthesiology residency program: USMLE Step 2 CK scores, medical school attended, insight category words in LOR, and anger category words in LOR. Analysis of surgery applicants yielded four other significant characteristics: Race, USMLE Step 1 scores, insight category words, and see category words.

We are proud to support our professionals' research endeavors. Congratulations, Lori Mercado, on this important investigation and achievement!