Students still celebrate with family and classmates in virtual ceremony
The NEOMED Education and Wellness (NEW) Center Ballroom sat empty on Friday, March 20, but the celebration went on for NEOMED’s College of Medicine Match Day, as 134 students learned where they will enter residencies at hospitals throughout the nation.
With plans for the 800-person event disrupted by the COVOID-19 pandemic just days prior to the event, NEOMED faculty, staff and students worked together to keep the Match Day tradition going with a virtual ceremony. NEOMED President John T. Langell, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.; College of Medicine Dean Elisabeth Young, M.D.; and Vice Dean Eugene Mowad, M.D., were among University leaders to address the students and congratulate them for earning their residency matches after nearly four years of hard work at NEOMED to earn their medical degrees.
In lieu of the usual tradition of having students take the stage one at a time to announce their residency match, a virtual wheel was spun with the names of each student on it. As each student was selected, a video feed cut to their current location as they announced their match to the virtual audience – often to the cheers of family or friends in the background.
While the setup for the 2020 College of Medicine Match Day was quite different than in the past, the results were the same, with students matching with many of the most prestigious hospitals throughout the nation. Matches include hospitals throughout Northeast Ohio, such as Cleveland Clinic (in Cleveland and Akron), Summa Health and Children’s Hospital in Akron, Aultman Hospital in Canton, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown, and MetroHealth Medical Center and Case Western/University Hospitals in Cleveland.
NEOMED students will go forth nationally for rotations at such locations as Rutgers/R.W. Johnson Medical School in New Jersey; Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island; the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus; the Naval Medical Center in San Diego; Kaiser Permanente Hawaii; SUNY HSC in Brooklyn, New York; Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois; Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; the Montefiore Medical Center/Einstein-NY in Bronx, New York; the University of Utah Health in Salt Lake City; the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor; the University of Chicago Medical Center; and University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
“These students will be graduating and on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in a matter of weeks,” said Dr. Langell. “Their commitment to serving their communities has been on full display, and will be needed now more than ever.”
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For more than 40 years, Northeast Ohio Medical University has worked in collaboration with its educational, clinical and research partners to successfully train health professionals and medical researchers who serve and impact the region and beyond. The University trains students in a team-based, interprofessional environment and offers Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) and Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degrees, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees and research opportunities in other medical areas. In addition to research conducted within its colleges, NEOMED advances innovation and research in health care through six research focus areas. Visit www.neomed.edu.
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