Happiness is Match Day 2014 at UMMS

Class of 2014 overjoyed by residency decisions; more than half to train in primary care field

By Kristen O’Reilly and Bryan Goodchild

UMass Medical School Communications

March 21, 2014

As School of Medicine student Alessandra Moore accepted the very last envelope of Match Day 2014, the clock struck noon and Interim Associate Dean for Student Affairs Michael Kneeland, MD, MPH, gave the go-ahead to the members of the Class of 2014 to finally find out where their professional lives will begin. Together, they ripped open their envelopes, each containing a single sheet of paper produced by the National Residency Matching Program.

Screams, hugs and happiness ensued.

More than half of the 121 students matching this year will be training in primary care fields, with 23 graduates practicing internal medicine, 23 pediatrics, 13 family medicine and 12 obstetrics & gynecology. Almost half will stay in Massachusetts to train, including 23 who will complete residencies with clinical partner UMass Memorial Health Care.

“I can tell you that the match is spectacular. We are over the top thrilled with the placements our students have received,” said Chancellor Michael F. Collins.

Michael Richardson grew up in Worcester and entered medical school with a passion for making a difference in public health.

“Growing up in Worcester and coming to UMass Medical School allowed me to take what I’m learning in class and apply it to the community I grew up in and know,” said Richardson, who matched in family medicine at his first choice, Steward Carney Hospital in Boston.  “As a physician, really as a medical student, you have so much power to become a leader. You don’t have to wait to become an MD. You can do so many things now, and the community really needs it.”

Justin Caramiciu needed help from his parents to participate in the event—via Skype and an iPad. Camariciu, who matched in anesthesiology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon, N.H., was actually in Jordan, but technology allowed him to take part in the right-of-passage and interact with his classmates.

Per tradition, each member of the class placed a dollar into a kitty as they received their envelope. As a reward for waiting patiently for the last envelope, Moore, who will represent the third generation in her family to train as a surgeon at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, received the kitty of $121. Also per tradition, the first round of drinks is on her, she said.

  • Michael Richardson is congratulated by Senior Associate Dean Michele Pugnaire on his family medicine match at Boston’s Steward Carney Hospital.
  • Chancellor Collins applauds the soon-to-be new doctors.
  • Paula Hercule is all smiles as she receives her envelope. Her residency is in family medicine at Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.
  • Molly Wolf, right, pauses for a selfie with sister Julie. Wolf matched in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • 5-year-old Eloise and 5-month-old Lillian help mom Kristen Gerson get the envelope containing her ob/gyn match at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
  • And 18-month-old Gabriella poses with mom Alison Lima, future doctor of family medicine at Pennsylvania’s Lancaster General Hospital, and dad Donald Espinoza and proud grandpa Marlon Espinoza.
  • Alessandra Moore takes the last envelope and wins the kitty of $1 from each classmate. She is headed to a general surgery residency at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.
  • Gowri Aragam is delighted to be headed to a residency in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • Anne Antonellis (left) and Claire Welteroth joyfully congratulate each other. Antonellis is going to Maine Medical Center for ob/gyn and Welteroth will pursue family medicine at Brown Medical School/Memorial Hospital.
  • Manassi Chitre (left) and Rabi Upadhyay are taking son Rishi to New York City where they made a couples match, Chitre in pediatrics at Einstein/Jacobi Medical Center and Upadhyay in internal medicine at NYU School of Medicine.
  • Seth Levin (center) celebrates matching in medicine at Boston’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital with (from left) mentor Joy Rosenfeld, MD, fiancé Max Kaplan and parents Bernice and Mark Levin.