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Match Day 2021

Congratulations
Class of 2021!

Name Specialty Program Name and Location
Saniya “Sunny” Ablatt General Surgery St. Joseph’s Hospital — Tacoma, WA
Noor Aftab Internal Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Sara Agha Psychiatry University of Missouri-Kansas City/Center for Behavioral Medicine — Kansas City, MO
Chris Ahlering Emergency Medicine St. Louis University School of Medicine — St. Louis, MO
Suma Ancha Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Samatha Ankireddy Internal Medicine Penn State Hershey Medical Center — Hershey, PA
Grace Arias Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Sarah Atallah Family Medicine Altru Health Systems — Grand Forks, ND
Yicheng Bao Ophthalmology University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Roski Eye Institute — Los Angeles, CA
Benjamin Bernard Otolaryngology University of California-San Diego Medical Center — San Diego, CA
Rico Beuford Emergency Medicine Duke University Medical Center — Durham, NC
Shawn Boehm Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Charles Burke Pediatrics Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Tom Chen Internal Medicine St. Louis University School of Medicine — St. Louis, MO
Julia Marie Clem Family Medicine Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Anna Curtis Internal Medicine University of Michigan Hospitals — Ann Arbor, MI
Vijaya Dasari Neurology Cleveland Clinic — Cleveland, OH
Lauren R. Davidson Internal Medicine University of Rochester Strong Memorial — Rochester, NY
Tejal Desai Internal Medicine University of Texas Health Science Center — San Antonio, TX
Nikhil Dhall Ophthalmology Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Anthony Esswein Transitional Year Orange Park Medical Center — Orange Park, FL
Interventional Radiology (Integrated) Medical College of Georgia — Augusta, GA
Vishwanath Ganesan Internal Medicine Cleveland Clinic — Cleveland, OH
Manuela Garcia Family Medicine Texas Tech University — El Paso, TX
Sarthak Garg Family Medicine University of Arizona College of Medicine — Phoenix, AZ
Karuna Gausper Pediatrics University of California-Irvine Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Orange County — Orange, CA
Nina Govalla Psychiatry University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson, AZ
Jacob Gowan Surgery-Preliminary Orlando Health — Orlando, FL
Naseem Hamidi Internal Medicine Loyola University Medical Center — Maywood, IL
Namara Haq Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation University of Rochester Strong Memorial — Rochester, NY
Vishnu Harikumar Transitional Year HCA Healthcare/University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine — Brandon, FL
Dermatology University of Miami Jackson Health System — Miami, FL
Mohammed Hasan General Surgery Loyola University Medical Center — Maywood, IL
Saqib Hassan Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/TriStar — Nashville, TN
Nikhil Havaldar Urology University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Sarah Jacob Internal Medicine Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Jonathan Jalali Internal Medicine Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Madeline Johnson Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Radiology-Diagnostic University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Ethan Johnston Psychiatry University of Missouri-Kansas City/Center for Behavioral Medicine — Kansas City, MO
Nila Jones Internal Medicine Kettering Health Network — Kettering, OH
Andrew Jozwiakowski Family Medicine Central Iowa Health System Allen Hospital — Waterloo, IA
Ankit B. Kadakia Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Texas Medical School — Houston, TX
Ophthalmology University of Texas Health Science Center — Houston, TX
Sharika Kaula Surgery-Preliminary Loyola University Medical Center — Maywood, IL
Raga Kilaru Pediatrics Phoenix Children’s Hospital — Phoenix, AZ
Juan Kim Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Connor King General Surgery University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Sunita Kolareth Family Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Rachana Kombathula Internal Medicine University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center — Memphis, TN
Komal Kumar Obstetrics and Gynecology Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Meghana Kumar General Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Rebecca Kurian Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/Kansas City — Overland Park, KS
Sree Lanka Internal Medicine Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Alex Luke Neurology University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Shafaa Mansoor Neurology University of Texas Medical School — Houston, TX
Thomas Mathews Internal Medicine University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Adiba Maisha Matin Emergency Medicine Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education — Rochester, MN
Shrushti Mehta Pediatrics Case Western/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center — Cleveland, OH
Vishal Mittal Emergency Medicine Cook County Health and Hospitals System — Chicago, IL
Adrianna Morse Internal Medicine Providence Health-St. Vincent — Portland, OR
Nina Muddasani Anesthesiology University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics — Iowa City, IA
Faith Mueller Obstetrics and Gynecology Zucker School of Medicine-Northwell North Shore Hospital/Long Island Jewish Medical Center — Great Neck, NY
Varsha Muthukumar Internal Medicine Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Isabella S. Nair General Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Saja Necibi Psychiatry University of Missouri-Kansas City/Center for Behavioral Medicine — Kansas City, MO
Brian Nwokeji Psychiatry Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Ginikachukwu Osude
Family Medicine University of Texas at Austin-Dell Medical School — Austin, TX
Naleen Patel Emergency Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Prarthana Patel Internal Medicine Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Jacob Perera Transitional Year Mercy Hospital St. Louis — St. Louis, MO
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education — Rochester, MN
Ethan Peterson Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine — Brandon, FL
Shirene Philipose Internal Medicine University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
John (Tony) Phillips Family Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Deanne Pisarkiewicz Psychiatry Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services — Grand Rapids, MI
Amudha Porchezhian Family Medicine Ventura County Medical Center — Ventura, CA
Akhil Pulumati Internal Medicine Rush University Medical Center — Chicago, IL
Rose Puthumana Internal Medicine University of Miami Jackson Health System — Miami, FL
Rawan Rajab Internal Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Karishma Raju Internal Medicine Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Hussain Rao Internal Medicine-Preliminary New York Medical College-Metropolitan Hospital Center — New York, NY
Ophthalmology New York Medical College — Valhalla, NY
Lyna Rehan Anesthesiology University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Kavelin Rumalla Neurological Surgery Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center — Phoenix, AZ
Abdullah Said Plastic Surgery (Integrated) Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Alisha Shah Anesthesiology University of Florida College of Medicine Shands Hospital — Gainesville, FL
Binoy Shah Internal Medicine University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine — Reno, NV
Koral Shah Internal Medicine Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Kunal Sutaria Internal Medicine University of Florida College of Medicine Shands Hospital — Gainesville, FL
Darya Tajfiroozeh Pediatrics Loma Linda University — Loma Linda, CA
Nicole Tamer Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Radiology-Diagnostic University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Shveta Thakkar Internal Medicine Rush University Medical Center — Chicago, IL
Rashmi Thimmapuram Internal Medicine Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Siddhant Thukral Surgery-Preliminary Duke University Medical Center — Durham, NC
Interventional Radiology (Integrated) Duke University Medical Center — Durham, NC
Catherine Tran Child Neurology Children’s Mercy Hospital — Kansas City, MO
Taylor Tran Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Maggie Urschler Pediatrics St. Louis Children’s Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Debra Wekesa Internal Medicine University of Nebraska Medical Center — Omaha, NE
Sarah Wells Emergency Medicine University of Texas Southwestern Medical School — Dallas, TX
Brandon Wesche Internal Medicine/Pediatrics University of Minnesota Medical School — Minneapolis, MN
Andrew Williams Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Neurology Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education — Rochester, MN
Claire Wolber Family Medicine University Hospitals — Columbia, MO
Alex Wu Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine — Oak Hill, FL
Kara Zweerink Emergency Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO

 

Match Day 2021

Congratulations
Class of 2021!

Name Specialty Program Name and Location
Saniya “Sunny” Ablatt General Surgery St. Joseph’s Hospital — Tacoma, WA
Noor Aftab Internal Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Sara Agha Psychiatry University of Missouri-Kansas City/Center for Behavioral Medicine — Kansas City, MO
Chris Ahlering Emergency Medicine St. Louis University School of Medicine — St. Louis, MO
Suma Ancha Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Samatha Ankireddy Internal Medicine Penn State Hershey Medical Center — Hershey, PA
Grace Arias Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Sarah Atallah Family Medicine Altru Health Systems — Grand Forks, ND
Yicheng Bao Ophthalmology University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Roski Eye Institute — Los Angeles, CA
Benjamin Bernard Otolaryngology University of California-San Diego Medical Center — San Diego, CA
Rico Beuford Emergency Medicine Duke University Medical Center — Durham, NC
Shawn Boehm Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Charles Burke Pediatrics Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Tom Chen Internal Medicine St. Louis University School of Medicine — St. Louis, MO
Julia Marie Clem Family Medicine Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Anna Curtis Internal Medicine University of Michigan Hospitals — Ann Arbor, MI
Vijaya Dasari Neurology Cleveland Clinic — Cleveland, OH
Lauren R. Davidson Internal Medicine University of Rochester Strong Memorial — Rochester, NY
Tejal Desai Internal Medicine University of Texas Health Science Center — San Antonio, TX
Nikhil Dhall Ophthalmology Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Anthony Esswein Transitional Year Orange Park Medical Center — Orange Park, FL
Interventional Radiology (Integrated) Medical College of Georgia — Augusta, GA
Vishwanath Ganesan Internal Medicine Cleveland Clinic — Cleveland, OH
Manuela Garcia Family Medicine Texas Tech University — El Paso, TX
Sarthak Garg Family Medicine University of Arizona College of Medicine — Phoenix, AZ
Karuna Gausper Pediatrics University of California-Irvine Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Orange County — Orange, CA
Nina Govalla Psychiatry University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson, AZ
Jacob Gowan Surgery-Preliminary Orlando Health — Orlando, FL
Naseem Hamidi Internal Medicine Loyola University Medical Center — Maywood, IL
Namara Haq Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation University of Rochester Strong Memorial — Rochester, NY
Vishnu Harikumar Transitional Year HCA Healthcare/University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine — Brandon, FL
Dermatology University of Miami Jackson Health System — Miami, FL
Mohammed Hasan General Surgery Loyola University Medical Center — Maywood, IL
Saqib Hassan Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/TriStar — Nashville, TN
Nikhil Havaldar Urology University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Sarah Jacob Internal Medicine Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Jonathan Jalali Internal Medicine Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Madeline Johnson Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Radiology-Diagnostic University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Ethan Johnston Psychiatry University of Missouri-Kansas City/Center for Behavioral Medicine — Kansas City, MO
Nila Jones Internal Medicine Kettering Health Network — Kettering, OH
Andrew Jozwiakowski Family Medicine Central Iowa Health System Allen Hospital — Waterloo, IA
Ankit B. Kadakia Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Texas Medical School — Houston, TX
Ophthalmology University of Texas Health Science Center — Houston, TX
Sharika Kaula Surgery-Preliminary Loyola University Medical Center — Maywood, IL
Raga Kilaru Pediatrics Phoenix Children’s Hospital — Phoenix, AZ
Juan Kim Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Connor King General Surgery University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Sunita Kolareth Family Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Rachana Kombathula Internal Medicine University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center — Memphis, TN
Komal Kumar Obstetrics and Gynecology Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Meghana Kumar General Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Rebecca Kurian Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/Kansas City — Overland Park, KS
Sree Lanka Internal Medicine Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Alex Luke Neurology University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Shafaa Mansoor Neurology University of Texas Medical School — Houston, TX
Thomas Mathews Internal Medicine University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Adiba Maisha Matin Emergency Medicine Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education — Rochester, MN
Shrushti Mehta Pediatrics Case Western/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center — Cleveland, OH
Vishal Mittal Emergency Medicine Cook County Health and Hospitals System — Chicago, IL
Adrianna Morse Internal Medicine Providence Health-St. Vincent — Portland, OR
Nina Muddasani Anesthesiology University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics — Iowa City, IA
Faith Mueller Obstetrics and Gynecology Zucker School of Medicine-Northwell North Shore Hospital/Long Island Jewish Medical Center — Great Neck, NY
Varsha Muthukumar Internal Medicine Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Isabella S. Nair General Surgery University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Saja Necibi Psychiatry University of Missouri-Kansas City/Center for Behavioral Medicine — Kansas City, MO
Brian Nwokeji Psychiatry Tulane University School of Medicine — New Orleans, LA
Ginikachukwu Osude
Family Medicine University of Texas at Austin-Dell Medical School — Austin, TX
Naleen Patel Emergency Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Prarthana Patel Internal Medicine Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Jacob Perera Transitional Year Mercy Hospital St. Louis — St. Louis, MO
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education — Rochester, MN
Ethan Peterson Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine — Brandon, FL
Shirene Philipose Internal Medicine University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
John (Tony) Phillips Family Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Deanne Pisarkiewicz Psychiatry Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services — Grand Rapids, MI
Amudha Porchezhian Family Medicine Ventura County Medical Center — Ventura, CA
Akhil Pulumati Internal Medicine Rush University Medical Center — Chicago, IL
Rose Puthumana Internal Medicine University of Miami Jackson Health System — Miami, FL
Rawan Rajab Internal Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Karishma Raju Internal Medicine Indiana University School of Medicine — Indianapolis, IN
Hussain Rao Internal Medicine-Preliminary New York Medical College-Metropolitan Hospital Center — New York, NY
Ophthalmology New York Medical College — Valhalla, NY
Lyna Rehan Anesthesiology University of Kansas School of Medicine — Kansas City, KS
Kavelin Rumalla Neurological Surgery Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center — Phoenix, AZ
Abdullah Said Plastic Surgery (Integrated) Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Alisha Shah Anesthesiology University of Florida College of Medicine Shands Hospital — Gainesville, FL
Binoy Shah Internal Medicine University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine — Reno, NV
Koral Shah Internal Medicine Barnes-Jewish Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Kunal Sutaria Internal Medicine University of Florida College of Medicine Shands Hospital — Gainesville, FL
Darya Tajfiroozeh Pediatrics Loma Linda University — Loma Linda, CA
Nicole Tamer Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Radiology-Diagnostic University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Shveta Thakkar Internal Medicine Rush University Medical Center — Chicago, IL
Rashmi Thimmapuram Internal Medicine Baylor College of Medicine — Houston, TX
Siddhant Thukral Surgery-Preliminary Duke University Medical Center — Durham, NC
Interventional Radiology (Integrated) Duke University Medical Center — Durham, NC
Catherine Tran Child Neurology Children’s Mercy Hospital — Kansas City, MO
Taylor Tran Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Maggie Urschler Pediatrics St. Louis Children’s Hospital — St. Louis, MO
Debra Wekesa Internal Medicine University of Nebraska Medical Center — Omaha, NE
Sarah Wells Emergency Medicine University of Texas Southwestern Medical School — Dallas, TX
Brandon Wesche Internal Medicine/Pediatrics University of Minnesota Medical School — Minneapolis, MN
Andrew Williams Internal Medicine-Preliminary University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO
Neurology Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education — Rochester, MN
Claire Wolber Family Medicine University Hospitals — Columbia, MO
Alex Wu Internal Medicine HCA Healthcare/University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine — Oak Hill, FL
Kara Zweerink Emergency Medicine University of Missouri-Kansas City — Kansas City, MO

 

A Match like no other!

School of Medicine conducts virtual Match Day celebration

UMKC School of Medicine students Mike VanDillen and Ariana Foutouhi were excited to match together on Match Day, March 20, 2020.

2020 UMKC School of Medicine Match List

Match Day 2020 was like no other. Because of Coronavirus concerns, the usual bustle bordering on bedlam at the School of Medicine was replaced by quiet, empty hallways.

There also was a video-streamed and email presentation of where the more than 100 graduates-to-be will serve their medical residencies, leaving them to smaller individual celebrations.

Interim Dean Mary Anne Jackson, M.D., addressed students, their families, faculty and friends with a video message. She congratulated the UMKC Class of 2020 for its hard work of the past six years and called Match Day a rite of passage that is this year all the more significant in light of the pandemic gripping the nation.

“When facing pandemics in the past, physicians have recognized a professional duty to care for patients, even in these difficult circumstances,” Jackson said. “That is why today I emphasize the human side of medicine. Today you promise to commit to put patients first, to always try to be worthy of the privilege of caring for patients, and that you will continue to pursue the education that ensures the care you provide is cutting edge and the best practice.”

Students and their residency matches were revealed as part of the on-line video production.

Just more than half of the UMKC class will be headed to a primary care residency in internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, or pediatrics. That exceeds the national average and is in line with the school’s mission to provide primary care for the Kansas City area, Missouri and the rest of the Midwest.

While students celebrated at home, some took to social media to share their good news. Student couple Mike VanDillen and Ariana Foutouhi were excited to find that they matched together. See their post below.

The students won assignments in 27 states and the District of Columbia, from Massachusetts to Hawaii and California to Florida. Missouri had 31 of the placements, followed by 11 in Illinois, 10 in Florida, eight in Texas, five in Kentucky and four each in Kansas and California.

And, as usual, some are headed to the top names in medicine, including Mayo, Stanford, the Cleveland Clinic, Harvard, the University of Chicago and UCLA. Twenty-two will stay at UMKC and its affiliate hospitals; a baker’s dozen will be elsewhere in Missouri and Kansas.

Internal medicine was the top category with 39 placements — eight of whom will move on to sub-specialties after a year — followed by 14 in pediatrics or medicine-pediatrics, nine in family medicine, seven in general surgery, six each in anesthesiology and emergency medicine, and five in obstetrics/gynecology.

Jackson said in her message that the soon-to-be residents will join the front line of physicians and health care professional across the country playing a key role in caring for patients and responding to the current health crisis.

“Know that you as resident providers will take the knowledge you’ve learned here, that you will be a partner in the preparation and response that is critical at this time, that you will be the calm that stabilizes those who are afraid, and that you will be the kind, compassionate physician that is the hallmark of our School of Medicine,” Jackson said.

“Congratulations as we celebrate with you today, Match Day 2020.”

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.”

World-class researcher, internal medicine resident, presents on HIV prevention efforts

Thomas Odeny, M.P.H., Ph.D., an internal medicine resident at the UMKC School of Medicine, is also an international researcher focused on innovations to support HIV prevention efforts. He was invited to present his work on designing implementation strategies to prevent lapses in retention of HIV care at a national research symposium on Sept. 28 in San Francisco.

He gave an oral presentation on “Design of Implementation Strategies: Promising Strategies in Diverse Contexts.”

The research conference on “Closing the Gap between Rigor and Relevance: Methodological Opportunities for Implementation Science to Address the HIV Epidemic” took place at the University of California-San Francisco’s Center for AIDS Research.

Odeny has been a research scientist and principal investigator at the Kenya Medical Research Institute. He came to the United States and received his Ph.D. in epidemiology at the University of Washington and was an international scholar at school’s International AIDS Research and Training Program prior to beginning his medical residency at UMKC.

 

 

 

 

 

Match Day brings excitement, joy to students at School of Medicine

Match 2016
The Class of 2016 celebrates Match Day.

Tears were still streaming down Emily McGhee’s face Friday morning long after she had opened her letter from the National Residency Matching Program. This was the day she and her classmates had worked toward and now reality was setting in.

McGhee will be headed to Columbia, Missouri, this summer to begin her residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Missouri-Columbia Affiliated Hospitals.

“I got my number one choice,” McGhee said. “These are tears of joy. I was hoping for it, but to finally see it on paper is so exciting.”

Not even the cold weather and threat of rain that forced the day’s festivities inside could dampen the spirit of Match Day at the UMKC School of Medicine. Shouts of joy rang out from each of the school’s three theaters as 91 students began opening their match letters at 11 a.m.

See the full 2016 Match Day results

The National Residency Matching Program reported nearly 35,000 medical students at schools across the country were part of Match Day events synchronized to take place all at the same time.

Nearly a fourth of this year’s School of Medicine class will be staying in the Kansas City metropolitan area to do their residencies, including 13 at UMKC School of Medicine programs and four in the pediatrics program at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. Just more than half of the class matched with programs in internal medicine, pediatrics, medicine-pediatrics, family medicine or obstetrics/gynecology – specialties that fall into the category of primary care. Internal medicine matches led the list with 22, followed by pediatrics with 17.

This year’s class also learned it will scatter throughout the country to begin residencies at hospitals from New York to Florida to California, and one even in Hawaii.

Parmpreet Kaur is one of those headed to the Big Apple, where she will begin training in child neurology at the Montefiore Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx.

“They have an excellent program there and I knew that I really liked that particular specialty,” Kaur said. “It is a very competitive specialty, so I’m just very, very excited that I matched.”

To make the day even more special, Kaur was celebrating with her parents who had driven from their home in Rochester, Minnesota.

“It was amazing to have them here with me,” she said. “This is such a big milestone.”

For Blake Montgomery, if the day seemed like a long time coming, it was for good reason. Montgomery took a full year off between his fourth and fifth years of the medical school program to be part of a research program at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

“A lot of my closest friends graduated last year, but I was fortunate to form a lot of friendships with this year’s class,” Montgomery said. “In some ways, it was like I had two match days.”

Last year, Montgomery stood in the School of Medicine courtyard and celebrated as his future wife, Caitlin Montgomery, matched to a pediatrics residency at Children’s Mercy. This time, it was her turn to watch as Montgomery opened his letter telling him that he had matched with the orthopaedic surgery residency program at Stanford University in California.

“This was worth the wait,” Montgomery said. “I learned a lot from my year in Bethesda about research. But this … it was definitely worth the wait.”

Residency Program Directors Forum planned for June 20

Program directors and representatives from 20 different medical specialties will be available to talk to students and discuss careers in their medical fields during the Residency Program Directors Forum from 11:45 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, in the School of Medicine’s theaters B and C and in rooms M4-CO5 and the Humanities Conference Room.

The program sponsored by the school’s Career Advising Services will provide medical students the opportunity to talk with residency program directors about what they seek in residency applicants from experiences, skills, board scores and grades and personal qualities.

Programs scheduled to be respresented at this year’s forum include:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Child Neurology
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medicine-Pediatrics
  • Neurology
  • OB/GYN
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Urology

Admission is free and no registration is required. A free lunch will be provided by Planet Sub.

A seperate forum for nuereological surgery is also planned for noon to 1 p.m. on June 17 in the Bamburger Conference Room (M4-CO5). Dr. Jules Nazzaro from the University of Kansas Hospital will be the speaker.  A lunch will also be provided.

 

School of Medicine celebrates Match Day 2015

UMKC medical students received folders with information about where they would train as residents.
UMKC medical students received folders with information about where they would train as residents.

Asha Nookala opened the envelope and read the words she wanted to see.

“I got in Mayo!” the UMKC medical student exclaimed before embracing friends and family members.

The envelope informed Nookala that she will spend four years training to be an anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In addition to being one of the top hospitals in the world, the Mayo Clinic is close to home for Nookala, who is from Minneapolis.

Nookala, her School of Medicine classmates and thousands of medical students across the United States observed a milestone on Friday, March 20. Match Day, as it’s known, marks the culmination of years of hard work and the promise of a new beginning. On the same day, at the same hour, graduating medical students are presented envelopes notifying them where they will train as residents.

Students share the dramatic moment with loved ones. Balloons, flowers and one well-behaved pit bull were spread among the crowd that gathered in the courtyard in front of the School of Medicine.

Technology shortened the distance that stood between some students and their families. Minutes after learning she was accepted into the physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program at East Carolina University, Ajaya Moturu used her phone to have a video chat with her mother, who lives in Maryland, and her sister, who lives in Florida.

Moturu was eager to share the good news. “I grew up on the East Coast, and I wanted to go home,” she said.

A nonprofit organization, the National Resident Matching Program, determines the matches. A mathematical algorithm sorts the preferences the applicants and the residency programs submit after students have completed interviews at locations where they think they would like to train.

Recognizing that students often find a life partner during medical school, the National Resident Matching Program allows couples to pair their preferences.

Family medicine residents
Gretchen Woodfork and Ryan Stokes will train in family medicine at UMKC.

Gretchen Woodfork and Ryan Stokes will train in family medicine at UMKC.

Stokes and Woodfork, who met at UMKC and were married last summer, went through the couples match. They will train at UMKC’s family medicine residency program, which is based at Truman Medical Center-Lakewood.

Stokes said he was impressed by what he heard when he interviewed with the leaders of the family medicine residency program. “Even the weaknesses that they said they had, they were saying how they were actively trying to improve them,” he said.

Some students knew their results before Match Day. Ophthalmology and urology matches are announced in January. Two UMKC students were accepted into ophthalmology residency programs, and one matched in urology.

There is a separate match for prospective military physicians, as well. Four UMKC students learned in December that the Air Force had accepted their applications. Three were matched with programs at military hospitals.

The fourth, Sadie Alongi, will train in orthopaedic surgery at UMKC. Many Air Force physician officers train at civilian academic medical centers. Alongi was offered the opportunity to pursue this route, which required her to apply to programs through the National Resident Matching Program.

Applicants to the main match learn on the Monday before Match Day whether (but not where) they placed. Alongi was thrilled to find out she would be able to pursue her dream of becoming an orthopaedic surgeon.

“I could not be more thankful for this great opportunity ahead of me,” she said.

Alongi is one of 21 UMKC students who matched with a residency program at the UMKC School of Medicine or Children’s Mercy. Half of the students will enter a primary care residency (internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine and medicine/pediatrics).

Bailey Hunkler will train in internal medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.

“It seemed like a great working environment, which is what I was looking for,” she said. “In particular, they have a large population of underserved patients with one of the hospitals they work with. That patient population I am passionate about working for.”

After two days of chill and rain, the ceremony took place under sunny skies and on the first day of spring.

“Somehow on Match Day, things clear up,” Felix Okah, M.D., assistant dean for career advising, said from the podium, before the envelopes were distributed.

Okah spoke after Dean Steven L. Kanter, who said the students were headed for success based on the paths taken by previous graduating classes.

“We are very, very proud of you,” the dean said. “Good luck.”

Community and Family Medicine residency ranked among top programs

UMKC-SOM-LogoThe University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine has been named one of the nation’s top residency training programs. Doximity, in collaboration with U.S. News and World Report,  announced the first-ever regional residency program rankings. The UMKC School of Medicine’s Community and Family Medicine residency program  placed No. 7 in the Midwest.

Community and Family Medicine residents train at the Bess Truman Family Medicine Center at  Truman Medical Center-Lakewood, where there are more than 30,000 outpatient visits annually. Hospital rotations are primarily at Truman Medical Centers with inpatient and emergency pediatric rotations at nearby Children’s Mercy Kansas City.

“We are thrilled to see UMKC Family Medicine Residency receive this recognition,” said Steven L. Kanter, dean of the UMKC School of Medicine. “It is gratifying to know that our peers agree that UMKC provides one of the top training grounds for family physicians. I congratulate Dr. Christine Sullivan, assistant dean for graduate medical education, and Dr. Todd Shaffer, director of UMKC Family Medicine Residency, and their teams for this well-deserved honor.”

In September, data on a national evaluation of residency programs was made public for the first time in an effort to provide more transparency into the performance of residency programs and give 4th-year medical students information to choose the right residency program to kickstart their careers. Today, these rankings are being released on a regional level. The survey included more than 50,000 peer nominations from board-certified U.S. physicians, and evaluated 3,691 residency training programs across 20 specialties.