Friday, March 16, 2018
Swipe right: UA medical students meet their match for residency programs
PHOENIX – The countdown ended.
Phoebe Chang, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, wearing a tight grin, ripped open the ribbon on a box holding her future.
Blue and red balloons were attached to a gold satchel that contained the news of where she will spend the next four years of her residency. About 80 boxes lined the perimeter of the courtyard at the UA college’s Phoenix campus on Friday morning.
Chang opened the satchel. She gasped. Then she turned around and hugged her family.
She got her first choice.
Chang will pursue emergency medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.
“I love emergency medicine because I love the variety,” Chang said. “I get to take care of anyone who walks through the door, the emergencies and not-so-much emergencies.”
Others erupted as they got their own news on Match Day, named after the match up between a graduating medical student and the medical program where they will spend their residency. The annual ritual happens at medical schools at the same time all across the country, following five months of filling out applications and flying around the country to be interviewed as students arrow down and submit their choices for residency programs, according to the university website.
“Oh my God!” shouted students around Chang as they read their results. “No way!”
[2up_image_medium source1=’https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Match-Day-02-600.jpg’ caption1=’Before the countdown, first, second and third year medical students gave a surprise performance for Match Day 2018. (Photo by Daria Kadovik/Cronkite News)’ source2=’https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Match-Day-03-600.jpg’ caption2=’After the performance, the countdown began. Students across the country found out their residency program results at the same time. (Photo by Daria Kadovik/Cronkite News)’ ]
Students, friends and families anxiously awaited the countdown to open boxes containing envelopes with their residency program information. Students nationwide get their results on the third Friday in March. (Photo by Daria Kadovik/Cronkite News)
[2up_image_medium source1=’https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Match-Day-05-600.jpg’ caption1=’Surrounded by her family, Phoebe Chang opened the envelope holding her results.(Photo by Daria Kadovik/Cronkite News)’ source2=’https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Match-Day-06-600.jpg’ caption2=’Chang got her first choice: the Emergency Medicine Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. (Photo by Daria Kadovik/Cronkite News)’ ]
Chang said medical school was the best time of her life. She loves emergency medicine because of the variety and opportunity to take care of everyone who walks through the door. (Photo by Daria Kadovik/Cronkite News)
[2up_image_medium source1=’https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Match-Day-08-600.jpg’ caption1=’After receiving their envelopes, students shared with their classmates, hugged, cried and congratulated each other. (Photo by Daria Kadovik/Cronkite News)’ source2=’https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Match-Day-09-600.jpg’ caption2=’The match process takes an entire year, as students interview with program directors, faculty and residents to determine their choices in residencies around the nation. (Photo by Daria Kadovik/Cronkite News)’ ]
Catherine Hermann and Andrew Albert, who have been a couple for four and a half years and are getting married in eight days, are both going to Pennsylvania for their residencies. Albert is pursuing emergency medicine while Hermann is focusing on obstetrics and gynecology. (Photo by Daria Kadovik/Cronkite News)
Chang said the people at Vanderbilt were amazing during her interview process. She is excited to move to Nashville, Tenn. and start her residency. (Photo by Daria Kadovik/Cronkite News)
Chang said she might join a fellowship in the future, but first plans on getting good residency training. (Photo by Daria Kadovik/Cronkite News)
[2up_image_medium source1=’https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Match-Day-13-600.jpg’ caption1=’35 percent of the 2018 class of the College of Medicine-Phoenix will be going into primary care fields of family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and med peds, while the rest will be pursuing specialties that are much needed across the country. (Photo by Daria Kadovik/Cronkite News)’ source2=’https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Match-Day-14-600.jpg’ caption2=’The College of Medicine-Phoenix announces Match Day results differently every year. In the past there have been 25-foot banners, zip lines delivering the results and balloons suspending them in the air. This year, boxes filled with balloons and envelopes were right in front of the students. (Photo by Daria Kadovik/Cronkite News)’ ]