Vol. 12 No. 9 - April, 2010

Match Day

Fourth Year Med students learn where they will enter residency

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Teri Kleinberg recieves her envelope at Match Day

The UMass Medical School School of Medicine Class of 2010 celebrated Match Day on March 18 as all 100 students tore into their match envelopes simultaneously, surrounded by friends and family in the Faculty Conference Room. Digital cameras, local news crews, cell phones—and even Skype—captured the excitement of the afternoon as students learned where they will begin their careers as physicians.

According to the National Resident Matching Program, more than 16,000 graduating medical students will begin residencies 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 percent 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 Massachusetts.

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.

Mai-Lan Rogoff, MD

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 he or she received the 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 are 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, the Barbara and Nathan Greenberg Chair in Biomedical Research and professor of medicine and molecular genetics & microbiology. 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 obstetrics and gynecology at Baystate Medical Center.