Medical students learn their fate at Match Day
USC School of Medicine students gathered at The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium at noon Thursday to learn where they will live and work after graduation -- and the type of doctors they will become.
Match Day –the third Thursday of March -- is the day thousands of medical students around the country find out simultaneously where they will begin their careers as doctors along with the specialty they will practice.
At USC, each member of the class of 2011 was called to the front of the room to meet Donald Kenney, the director of student and career services, and Dr. Richard Hoppman, the dean of the School of Medicine. There the students, many with parents, spouses or children at their side, opened an envelope and announced where they had “matched.” Each then inserted a push pin into a map, showing the locations around the country where each will train as residents.
“This is so special. You see lives changing right in front of you,” said Ray Comer of Rock Hill, a medical student who learned he will be heading to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for his residency in obstetrics and gynecology. “You see people getting their dream job. You see our lives beginning. You see families moving. We’re heading to our first jobs where we’ll start to help people and earn a living.”
Of USC’s 80 graduating medical students, nine will practice family medicine, 23 will pursue internal medicine and 10 will enter pediatrics residencies. Seventy-five students participated in Thursday’s match; five were pre-matched through the military. Thirty-two of the 80 will remain in South Carolina.
Eric Ring of Greenville was thrilled with his match at his hometown Greenville Hospital System, where he will be a pediatrics resident. Ring already has spent some time at the Greenville hospital, where he was treated for leukemia after being diagnosed when he was 14.
“I’ll be in the same clinic, probably rotating through there as a pediatric resident, treating patients,” Ring said. “I really like general pediatrics, but I also really love hematology oncology. I don’t know if it’s because I’m comfortable with it, but I think it’s amazing, it’s an amazing field.”