Match Day 2019: A day of celebration

Match Day List 2019
Match Day Photo Album

The brisk morning wind couldn’t cool the excitement and enthusiasm of Match Day 2019 at the UMKC School of Medicine. Residencies were announced for 93 students who are headed toward graduation in May. Family and friends cheered them on as they learned where they will write the next chapter in their medical careers.

Just more than half of the class will be headed to a primary care residency. Interim dean Mary Anne Jackson, M.D., said this year’s class exceeded the national average of students matching to primary care positions. Many, she added, are headed to notable programs throughout the country.

The students won assignments in 28 states and the District of Columbia, from Vermont to Hawaii and California to Florida. Some are headed to the top names in medicine, including Mayo, Stanford, Emory, Baylor, Yale and UCLA. A baker’s dozen will stay at UMKC and its affiliate hospitals; 22 will be elsewhere in Missouri and Kansas.

Internal medicine was the top category with two-dozen placements, followed by 14 in pediatrics or medicine-pediatrics, eight in psychiatry, seven each in family medicine and anesthesiology, and six each in emergency medicine and general surgery.

Just minutes before 11 a.m., Ryan Lee stood at the back of Theater A surrounded by friends. He was trying to remain calm as everyone waited for the appointed time when students could receive their Match envelopes and discover their residency destinations.

“Right now, I’m just feeling relieved because I know I have a job somewhere,” Lee said.

Moments later, he learned that he would remain in Kansas City for a preliminary medicine year at the School of Medicine before heading to St. Louis and Barnes-Jewish Hospital for a three-year anesthesiology residency.

Meanwhile, Amaka Ofodu was still gasping for breath and accepting a long line of hugs after receiving her first choice of residencies — medicine-pediatrics at Greenville Health System, University of South Carolina, Greenville.

“I can’t believe it. I’m still freaking out,” Ofodu said. “It’s a blessing. My family is here and my friends are all here. There’s just so much love and some much appreciation.”

Chris Favier held a letter in his hands as his father recorded the moment with a cell phone. His brother, Ben, a 2012 graduate of the UMKC School of Medicine, stood nearby watching with friends and family.

“And the survey says,” Favier said as he opened the letter. “Oh my gosh, Mizzou!”

A St. Louis native, Favier will be heading closer to home for his first residency choice of emergency medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

“At first you’re really nervous and anxious but as time progresses, you look around at your family and friends and the excitement keeps building,” he said. “This was one of the residencies I was expecting so I’m very happy to go. And, I’ve got a job for next year, so I’m pumped.”

Going to the mat: Free yoga class Thursday

To celebrate International Yoga Day, the UMKC Health Sciences District will be offering a free class from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21. The class will be taught by a certified instructor and is open to all UMKC students, faculty and staff.

Come enjoy a gentle but effective hour of exercise. The class will be at the northeast corner of Holmes and 25th, in the green space south of the nursing and pharmacy schools.

The district asks that you sign up here or email The first 25 yogis to sign up receive free yoga mats. You’ll also be able to register to win an exciting gift basket.

Dean’s Lectureship Series

Alpha Omega Alpha Lectureship

The Alpha Omega Alpha Lectureship replaces noon conference the day after the AOA Annual Induction Dinner in May. The national AOA Honor Medical Society provides guidelines and activity requirements for the speakers each year. For example, the speaker may need to discuss clinical rounds, research discussions, teaching conferences or seminars and lead one or more sessions on leadership and/or medical professionalism. The featured AOA speaker attends the induction dinner, meets with AOA and Gold Humanism Honor Society members the next morning and presents the noon lecture.

The AOA was founded in 1902 and is dedicated to the belief that the profession of medicine will improve patient care by recognizing high educational achievement, honoring gifted teaching, encouraging the development of leaders in academia and the community, supporting the ideals of humanism and promoting service to others.

E. Grey Dimond, M.D., Take Wing Award Lectureship

The award recognizes an alumnus/a who has demonstrated excellence and surpassed the expectations of peers in the practice of medicine, academic medicine or research. Each May, during graduation week, the Take Wing recipient receives an engraved Take Wing statue, presents the annual E. Grey Dimond, M.D., Take Wing Lecture, and makes a brief speech to the graduating class during the commencement ceremonies.

Mark Dodge, M.D. Lectureship

Mark Dodge, M.D., was a respected specialist in internal medicine and endocrinology. During his 29 years at Saint Luke’s Hospital, he was a teacher and clinician held in high esteem by both patients and the medical community. In 1978, two years before his death, the Saint Luke’s Foundation established the Mark Dodge Fund for Medical Education. Each year, this fund sponsors the Dr. Mark Dodge Lectureship, offering the opportunity for area health care professionals to hear a nationally recognized authority in the field of endocrinology.

William H. Goodson, Jr., M.D.,  Lectureship

William Goodson, Jr., M.D., practiced medicine in the Kansas City area for more than 45 years.  Specializing in internal medicine, Dr. Goodson was associated with Trinity Lutheran Hospital for much of his career. His family, patients, colleagues and friends established the William H. Goodson, Jr., M.D., Annual Lectureship to honor him and his many contributions to the field of medicine in the community. The lectureship provides current and future practitioners scholarly perspectives and information related to internal medicine. Dr. Goodson died in 1985, and the first lecturer was in 1987.

He practiced as a consultant in the Arthritis Clinic at the Kansas City General Hospital (later to become TMC) until 1961 and was a member of the Arthritis and Rheumatism section at the University of Kansas for 25 years. He was a docent at the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine, from 1980 to 1982.

W. Kendall McNabney, M.D., Lectureship

The W. Kendall McNabney, M.D., Lectureship recognizes McNabney, the founder of theDepartment of Emergency Medicine at Truman Medical Center (TMC) and the UMKC School of Medicine. McNabney was the first and longest serving chair of emergency medicine at the School and was the head of Trauma Services for many years.

Robert Schwab, M.D., TMC emergency medicine chair from 2000 to2006, started this lectureship, which began in 2006.

Marjorie S. Sirridge, M.D. Outstanding Women in Medicine Lectureship

The UMKC School of Medicine, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Medical Society board of trustees, established the Marjorie S. Sirridge Outstanding Women in Medicine Lectureship in 1997 to recognize her dedication, compassion and advancement of patient care and medical education in Kansas City. This lectureship attracts high quality lecturers to the School each year to discuss issues affecting women in medicine and women’s health.

Dr. Sirridge was a founding docent and former dean of the School of Medicine. She and her late husband, Dr. William Sirridge, founded the Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities in 1992 to help students mature with both personal wellness and empathy toward their patients. The office coordinates courses that revolve around literature, art, and humanism in healing.

William T. Sirridge, M.D., Medical Humanities Lectureship

At the behest of Dr. William Sirridge, the William T. Sirridge, M.D. Medical Humanities Annual Lectureship endowment was established in July 1994 through an initial gift of $10,300 from the Hospital Hill Health Services Corporation, which was later renamed to the University Physician Association. Dr. Sirridge also forewent his salary in order for the money to go into this endowment. The first William Sirridge Lecture coincided with the Alumni Reunion Weekend that included the Humanities in Medicine Conference in September 1994.

Dr. Sirridge, who passed away in April 2007, and his wife, Marjorie Sirridge, M.D., founded the Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities in 1992 to help students mature with both personal wellness and empathy toward the patients they will be called upon to serve. The office coordinates courses that revolve around literature, art, and humanism in healing.

Dr. Reaner & Mr. Henry Shannon Lectureship in Minority Health

Former Associate Dean for Cultural Enhancement and Diversity Reaner Shannon, Ph.D., has a history of commitment to the School of Medicine and to the community by sponsoring minority health lectureships and coordinating programs for underserved students throughout the Kansas City area. When Dr. Shannon retired from the School in 2006, after more than three decades of service, she and her husband ensured the legacy of serving the minority community by establishing an endowment for the annual Dr. Reaner and Mr. Henry Shannon Lectureship in Minority Health to draw attention to disparities in health and health care. Through this lectureship, held the last Friday in February, medical professionals, students, residents and the local community gain access to information about timely issues that impact the underserved and minority communities.