Match Day Brings Cheers for Med Students Headed to Residencies
MARCH 24, 2005 | Some of the fourth-year students in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) looked nervous March 17 as they received envelopes revealing the location of their medical residences.
But cheers soon erupted as each student walked to the microphone and announced his or her destination during the annual “Match Day” ceremony.
“I’m really excited,” said Jeremy Whitt of West Memphis after finding out he will go to Washington, D.C., to begin a five-year residency in surgery at Washington Hospital Center. “I’m going to get great training while having a wonderful experience.”
Like many of the students, Whitt was using his cell phone almost immediately after receiving his assignment to pass along the news to his family. Other students hugged and celebrated with each other.
Seventy-two seniors were appointed to Arkansas residency positions while 53 others received out-of-state residences in 22 different states. Many of the in-state residencies will be at UAMS while out-of-state destinations included Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Baylor College of Medicine in Texas and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.
I feel great. I got my first choice,” said Michael Fakouri of Monticello of his assignment in family medicine at the Arkansas Health Education Center (AHEC) in Texarkana. AHEC residencies play a key role in retaining UAMS College of Medicine graduates in Arkansas, ultimately