Medical School Class of 2010 members take next step in their medical career

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Two months before   Commencement, members of the School of Medicine Class of 2010 celebrated the next step in their medical journey at Match Day, when all 100 students learned where they will begin their careers as physicians.

They tore into their match envelopes simultaneously, surrounded by friends and family, while digital cameras, local news crews, cell phones—and even Skype—captured the excitement of the afternoon in the Faculty Conference Room.

According to the National Resident Matching Program, more than 16,000 graduating medical students will begin residency this July. With the nation facing a projected shortage of primary care physicians as health reform is enacted, considerable attention is being paid to the number of graduates entering primary care residencies. Family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics all saw slight increases (9 percent, 3 percent and 2 respectively).

In keeping with the Medical School’s mission to educate primary care physicians to serve the commonwealth, approximately half of the students chose primary care residencies—including 22 in the commonwealth. Mai-Lan Rogoff, MD, associate dean of students, said that the class matched at very competitive residency programs across the country, including UMMS and our clinical partner UMass Memorial Medical Center, where 18 students will start residencies in July. Overall, 57 students will be staying in Massachusetts for their residencies.

Per tradition, each UMMS student deposited $1 in a box as they received their match letter from Dr. Rogoff; Emily Marsters, the last student called, got the cash and an envelope revealing she will start a family medicine residency at the University of Virginia, where she and fellow student Peter Morse (emergency medicine) landed via the couples match.

The excitement wasn’t confined to the Faculty Conference Room: Each year there is a handful of students who are out of the country on Match Day, including Katherine Callaghan who was in the Dominican Republic caring for refugees of the Haitian earthquake and getting a start on her training in ob/gyn, the field she chose for her residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Students Christine Larose and Rachel Androphy were in Argentina on a surgical mission repairing cleft lips and palates, but they were able to participate in Match Day thanks to a Skype connection set up by Rachel’s father, Elliot Androphy, MD, who is the Barbara and Nathan Greenberg Chair in Biomedical Research and professor of medicine and molecular genetics & microbiology at UMass Medical School. Dr. Androphy held up his laptop throughout the event so Rachel and Chris could watch their families open their envelopes. Rachel matched in medicine at St. Vincent Hospital, after which she’ll head to NYU for anesthesiology. Chris matched in ob/gyn at Baystate Medical Center.

To download a list of where the Class of 2010 matched, click here.