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Dome April 2010

The Envelope Please

Date: April 1, 2010

Match Day ends suspense for 4th-year medical students

Tomeka Suber, C. Rory Goodwin, Robert Drummond, Joshua Taylor and Tamia Harris
In the traditional right of passage, fourth-year medical students learn where they’re headed for their residency training. With their new assignments are Tomeka Suber (Hopkins Hospital), C. Rory Goodwin (Hopkins Hospital), M.D./Ph.D. student Robert Drummond, Joshua Taylor (Vanderbilt), and Tamia Harris (U of MD Mercy Medical Center/Hopkins Hospital).

Following the traditional champagne toast, fourth-year Hopkins medical students celebrated on March 18—Match Day—as they tore open envelopes and learned which residency programs they’ll enter in July.

Many of the Hopkins students will stay in Baltimore. As usual, The Johns Hopkins Hospital is the most popular destination, with 41 students in a class of 118 matching there. Another seven will go to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Among out-of-town institutions, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital were the most popular, with 10 Hopkins students heading to each.

Internal medicine was the most common specialty, with 29 matches. Seventeen students will go into pediatrics, nine into anesthesiology, eight into ophthalmology, six into general surgery and five into otolaryngology–head and neck surgery.

Another 33 students will spend their first residency year receiving broad-based training in either medicine or surgery before moving on to three-year specialty programs, such as in radiology, dermatology and urology.

The event, held for the first time in the Armstrong Medical Education Building, ended the suspense that had been building over several months, as students wrote personal statements, compiled recommendation letters and interviewed with programs nationwide. Students rank the programs that they most want to attend, while residency program directors submit their list of top-choice students. A computer program then matches applicants to their most desired residencies.

–Jamie Manfuso