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Match Day 2009 theme: ‘Wish is in the Bottle’

On March 19, 129 fourth-year medical students celebrated along with 16,000 peers across the country, as they learned where they would perform the residency portion of their medical education. The 2009 National Residency Match Event. or Match Day, is part of an annual event organized by the National Resident Matching Program to help match senior medical students to 24,000 residency positions across the country. MUSC’s celebratory event was held at the Charleston Marriott as family, friends and classmates gathered to hear and share the news.
College of Medicine student Jay Madey receives help from his children following  news of his match at MUSC. Assisting the family is Dr. Lynn Manfred, associate dean, Curriculum and Evaluation.

Of the 129 seniors that successfully matched, 44 students placed at 13 of MUSC’s residency programs in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, OB/GYN, ophthalmology, orthopedics-surgery, pathology, pedia-trics, psychiatry, diagnostic radiology and surgery. Fifty-six students matched in programs across the Palmetto State. The remaining students placed at residency programs in 26 other states. MUSC students also matched at a variety of reputable medicine programs across the country including Emory University (GA), Fox Chase Cancer Center (PA), Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center and Mount Sinai Hospital (NY), Boston University Medical Center and B.I. Deaconess Medical Center (MA), Johns Hopkins Hospital (MD), Scripps Mercy Hospital and Stanford University Programs (CA) and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (TN).
“There are really only two tasks you as medical students must accomplish while you are here in medical school, but neither of them is very easy. The first is to learn how to become a physician. The second is choosing the proper medical career for you. Our job is to help you successfully accomplish both of these tasks,” said Jerry Reves, M.D., dean of the College of Medicine.
The message-in-the-bottle-themed event was organized by Class of 2009 officers Brain Mannino, Young Choi and Luke Davis with assistance from Barbara Bozarth, Myra Haney, Alva Blair, Artice Smith, Wanda Taylor, Joan Graesch, Sharlena Howard, Candace Gillespie, Lynn Manfred, M.D., and Chris Pelic, M.D.

Friday, April 3, 2009

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