They came, they cried, they cheered.
Emotions ran high for Match Day 2019 at Northeast Ohio Medical University. As at institutions nation-wide, fourth-year medicine students learned where they will spend their residencies. It’s a grueling process, noted College of Medicine Dean Elisabeth H. Young, M.D. (’85), FACP, in opening remarks Friday at the NEOMED Education and Wellness (NEW) Center’s Grand Ballroom.
That fact made it all the sweeter for the many students who proudly announced that they had gotten their choice – the institution of their dreams, to take the next step in their career.
The Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education in Rochester, Minnesota; Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston; Montefiore Medical Center/Einstein in New York City; University of Chicago Medical Center; Emory University in Atlanta; Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University in Providence; University of Texas Medical Center in Texas; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, UPMC in Pittsburgh; Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey; and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland were among the prestigious residency locations outside the state of Ohio that were announced on Friday. Cleveland Clinic, which is ranked along with the Mayo Clinic as one of the top two hospitals nationally, will also have 2019 NEOMED graduates as residents.
Homecomings and new beginnings
Anna Zolyan brought her two children onstage with her. As all three of them fought back happy tears, she thanked Joseph Zarconi, M.D., professor and chair of internal medicine – and a member of NEOMED’s inaugural class of medicine students in 1981 – for inspiring her with stories about how to be ‘’the good doctor.” She’ll be going home to California for her first-choice institution, the University of California Irvine Medical Center, for a neurology residency.
Likewise, Hemant Reddy was excited to announce that he was heading back to New York, where he was born, for a surgery residency at Montefiore Medical Center.
Joseph Cataline announced proudly, “I will be here in the 2-1-6!” – that is, primary medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. Likewise, Pallavi Sharma announced, “I was born and raised in Cleveland and I’ll be staying at UH (University Hospitals) in internal medicine.”
Nationally, the 2019 Main Residency Match was the largest in National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) history. A record-high 44,603 registered applicants submitted program choices for 35,185 positions, the most ever offered in the Match. As part of the highly competitive process, the College of Medicine at NEOMED was able to place 98% of its students through NRMP and its Match Week Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP).