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Match Day 2016: A Rite of Passage for Graduating Medical Students

3, 2, 1 match! On Friday, March 18, fourth-year medical students at Johns Hopkins and across the nation participated in a countdown to discover where they’ll be continuing their professional medical journey. At noon, they tore into the envelopes revealing where they’ll begin residency training this summer.

The annual Match Day event has been a is a rite of passage for physicians-in-training since 1952.

Matches are selected using a computer algorithm that matches the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs in order to fill the available training positions around the United States.

Meet five of our remarkable medical students that matched, and learn what brought them to call Johns Hopkins their home.

Don't forget to check out what others are saying about Match Day 2016 and read more about Match Day activities on the Biomedical Odyssey blog

Allie Miller and Mason Dunham

Allie Miller and Mason Dunham

When Harford County native Allie Miller picked her seat on the first day of her organic chemistry class at The University of Maryland, she did not expect to meet her future husband. Mason Dunham was the “tall guy who decided to sit in front of [her] … and [she] had to try to stare around his head all semester,” she recalls.

Four years later, Miller hopes to match in orthopedic surgery and apply her skills and passion to help people heal.

Mason, a medical student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is matching into anesthesiology. Originally an economics major, Mason was drawn to the sciences in his freshman year of college. He knew he wanted a career with more personal interaction than bench research, so he took an interest the medical field, and it stuck.

Allie and Mason are taking part in The Match as a couple, to ensure they’ll be placed in programs near each other after their May wedding.

Allie and Mason both matched at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Allie will start a residency in orthopaedic surgery, and Mason will be starting a residency in anesthesiology.

Maame Sampah

Maame Sampah

Maame Sampah’s interest in medicine arose from watching her own community in a small town within the capital of Ghana.

“I remember being very little and tagging along with my mother, who was a nurse, and members of her church during medical outreach activities for fishermen, their families and other members of the community,” she says. “I think, even then, I knew I was interested in working in medicine.”

Not long after she began her studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Maame volunteered for Charm City Clinic, screening low-income, uninsured individuals from the East Baltimore community and providing resources to help them get the health care they needed. She recalls learning about the needs of patients in disadvantaged communities surrounding the Johns Hopkins campus as a “truly eye-opening experience.” Maame intends to combine clinical medicine with medical research, to care for patients and to make a tangible difference in their lives. 

Maame was matched at Washington Hospital Center for a residency in general surgery.

alan ultria

Alan Utria

Alan Utria’s fascination with surgery and anatomy began at age 6 , after learning about a surgery to separate conjoined twins. He came to the United States from Zimbabwe to pursue an undergraduate education at Princeton University, and later a medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 2015, Alan did a rotation in India that underscored the differences in medical care between the U.S. and overseas. He took particular interest in the interactions between doctors and patients and the reuse of supplies. After considering a few surgical specialties, Alan decided on general surgery where he hopes to have a career that combines both clinical and research components.

Alan was matched at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for a residency in general surgery.

Sam Emumah

Sam Emumah

Sam Emunah studied neurobiology at Harvard College, where he met his fiancé Rashmi Jasrasaria (a fourth-year medical student at Stanford University). Before starting medical school, he took a year off to travel to Peru and Rwanda. In Peru, he enjoyed sightseeing and building his Spanish skills. In Rwanda, he worked as an after-school science coordinator at Agahozo Shalom Youth Village, where he recalls learning more from his students than he could ever have taught them.

Sam is pursuing a residency in general surgery. In addition to an active clinical career in surgery, Sam is hoping to pursue research opportunities related to expanding access to surgical care for underserved populations in both domestic and international communities.

Sam was matched at Brigham and Women's Hospital for a residency in general surgery.


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