By Catherine Duncan
|Medical student Natasha Singh (center) celebrates her residency in emergency medicine at Drexel University in Philadelphia. With her are her sister Nandita (left) and fiancé Rajiv Shenoy. Shenoy is holding up the phone because he had used FaceTime so Singh’s father could watch her open her envelope.
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Under a beautiful blue sky, approximately 200 fourth-year medical students excitedly and sometimes apprehensively opened envelopes containing the locations of their much-awaited residencies.
During an event marked by tears, hugs and plenty of cheers from fellow students, each medical student stepped up to the microphone and stated his or her name, medical specialty and where they will go after graduation this May from The School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.Sets medical careers in motion
Match Day — held on the same day at medical schools across the nation — is the culmination of a sort of geographic raffle. The students have already interviewed with several residency programs they would like to attend to specialize in a branch of medicine. The students have ranked the programs in order and the programs have also ranked the students interviewed for residencies. The results of this double-ranking-and-matching process are announced at Match Day. The announcement sets the course for medical careers and often where a new doctor will practice.
With approximately 36 students matched to residencies at the UT Health Science Center, other students announced locations ranging from Hawaii to Utah and everywhere in between.
The medical students were joined for the occasion by approximately 600 family members, friends and School of Medicine faculty and staff members at John T. Floore Country Store in Helotes. Where are they going?
John Byrne, class president, announced his residency in obstetrics and gynecology will be at the University of Chicago.
“That was my first choice. It is a great program, and my wife, Beth, is doing her pediatric residency in Chicago,” he said. “I am thrilled we will be together.”
Lydia Rabon took to the stage with her husband, Philip Rabon. She excitedly told her classmates that she will do her pediatrics residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.
“It was my first choice. It is my home,” Rabon said. “I have been waiting for this moment for five years. I get to go home.”
Reward for patience
|Joseph Peevey and his wife, Kathryn, point to Chicago, where he will study pathology at Northwestern University. Joseph is holding a jar filled with nearly 200 $1 bills. Traditionally, as each student announces his or her residency location, they put a dollar into the jar. The last student to learn his or her residency gets to keep the jar of money.
Joseph Peevey, who was the last student to open his envelope, received the traditional jar full of $1 bills filled by the students who crossed the stage before him. Clutching the jar, Peevey announced he will go to Northwestern University in Chicago for his pathology residency.
“Northwestern was my number one choice. It is a good program, and it is a good opportunity for me and my wife, Kathryn, to branch out. We eventually want to return to Texas, but this will be a great adventure,” Peevey said.
Match Day is held in conjunction with the National Resident Matching Program, an initiative sponsored by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association of Colleges and the Council of Medical Specialty Societies. The National Resident Matching Program is a private, not-for-profit corporation that ensures a uniform period of appointment to positions in graduate medical education.