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Waiting to Exhale: Match Day Reveals the Future to the Class of 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

 Nicholas Frost learned he and his family are headed for California, where he will do a residency in Neurology at the University of California at San Fransisco.

Historic Davidge Hall was the site of Match Day festivities on March 16, when the School of Medicine's Class of 2012 discovered where they'll pursue the next step in their medical careers. Held at the same time in medical schools around the country, Match Day is when fourth-year medical students find out the residency program into which they have been accepted. The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) conducts the Match nationwide, using a computer algorithm that aligns the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs in order to fill thousands of training positions available at U.S. teaching hospitals.

“That saying, ‘This is the first day of the rest of your life,’ it’s never been more true than today,” said Bryan Curtain, who will stay here at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) for Internal Medicine. “But it’s good. I’m more relieved than anything else right now. It’s a good day. I hope everyone else had good results as well.”

Match Day can be a torturous process for students, as names are called randomly from a chest full of envelopes, so the future doctors don’t know if they will be first or last to find out where they’re headed. John Anong was the lucky one picked first. Ryan Campbell-Massey was the last one to receive an envelope this year. As a reward for his patience, he won the contents of a hand-carved goose bank, into which each student had put a monetary donation before accepting his/her Match letters. This money is traditionally used for an after-Match celebration.

This year, University of Maryland School of Medicine students matched at 70 different hospitals in 27 different states. Colin Powers will be heading to upstate New York this summer. “I matched to University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY,” he revealed. “I’m studying general surgery. It’s a great relief to finally know where I’m going, so I can start to make plans.”

Only 43 of the 151 students will stay here in Maryland (although not all at the University of Maryland Medical Center). One of those is Yemi Adbayo, who will be an Emergency Medicine resident at UMMC. “It was my first choice,” he says with a smile. “It’s been so amazing. It’s been a long, hard road to get to this point, but it’s all worth it. I’m speechless. I never thought that I would get to this point four years ago, when I was getting that first picture taken at orientation. And now here we are.”

Here Are the Major Match Stats:

• 23% matched in Internal Medicine, compared to 19% last year
• 11% matched in Emergency Medicine, compared to 10% last year
• 11% matched in Family Medicine, compared to 7% last year
• 8% matched in Pediatrics, compared to 9% last year
• 7% matched in OB/GYN, compared to 5% last year
• 6% matched in Radiology, compared to 3% last year
• 5% matched in General Surgery, the same as last year
• 5% matched in Psychiatry, compared to 1% last year


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 Eliza Gordon-Lipkin will spend a year in NYC at Mt. Sinai Hospital doing a Pediatrics/Preliminary Child Neurology residency, then will return to Maryland for a Neurodevelopmental Disabilities residency at Hopkins.

 Many students were thrilled to get their #1 choice, including Sean Jordan, who will be doing a surgical residency at The University of Arizona Affiliated Hospitals in Tucson, Arizona.

 Jenalee Coster and her family celebrate the news that she's headed to University of Virginia for a residency in Surgery.

 Dr. Donna Parker, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, hugs Yemi Adbayo after presenting him with his envelope.

 Last year it was a pig; this year, the Matching students put their money into a carved Canada goose, with the last recipient of an envelope taking home the prize.

 Ryan Campbell-Massey was the lucky one who took home the lucky goose full of money, since he was the last to learn his fate. He's headed to Pittsburgh for an Internal Medicine residency.

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