Finding the right match
Date: April 6, 2011
Students find out where their resident training will start.
When asked about his role models, medical student David Liu mentions H. Ballentine Carter and Judith Karp, Hopkins physicians who helped him learn how to build relationships with patients and advocate for them. He will use that knowledge this summer when he begins a residency at Hopkins Hospital with the hope of becoming a medical oncologist.
“You interact with people and their families at a very intense and difficult part of their lives,” Liu explains. “Being a source of support and advocacy can be as important as providing the right therapies and treatments. Engaging the emotional and personal, as well as the medical and scientific, is very compelling to me.”
The fourth-year medical student is among 97 students at Hopkins who gathered last month in the Armstrong Medical Education Building to learn where they would train for their medical specialties. Known as Match Day, the third Thursday in March marks the occasion when all graduating medical students around the country learn which hospital has accepted them for residency.
Liu, 33, already has a master’s degree in computer science as well as a master’s in public health that he received at the Bloomberg School of Public Health between his third and fourth years in medical school. After growing up in Los Angeles, he worked at Amazon.com in Seattle for several years as a software engineer and analyst before applying to medical school. He decided to become a physician, he says, because he wanted to serve people “in a one-to-one fashion” and have a direct impact on their lives.
The school of medicine’s graduating class has 44 women and 55 men, and all but two graduates will enter residency programs next year. The most popular specialties are internal medicine, pediatrics, anesthesiology, orthopedic surgery, radiology and general surgery. During the past two decades, internal medicine and pediatrics have been the most sought-after specialties for Hopkins graduates.
This year’s students were placed in some of the country’s most prestigious hospitals, including Johns Hopkins (34 students), Massachusetts General, UCLA Medical Center and Mayo Clinic.