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Eighty-five medical students meet their matches | News Center

Eighty-five medical students meet their matches | News Center

Stanford’s 85 students matched in 19 fields of training: 15 in internal medicine, nine in dermatology, seven in general surgery, seven in obstetrics and gynecology, seven in anesthesiology, six in psychiatry, four in neurological surgery, four in radiology/interventional radiology, four in orthopaedic surgery, four in otolaryngology, three in pediatrics, three in emergency medicine, three in radiation oncology, two in plastic surgery, two in urology, two in family medicine, one in neurology, one in child neurology and one in ophthalmology. 

About 25 percent of the matching students will be staying at Stanford for their residencies, Gesundheit said. Another 25 percent will be staying in California but not at Stanford. The rest of the students will go to 13 other states.

It was the sixth Match Day at Stanford for Mijiza Sanchez, EdD, MPA, associate dean for medical student affairs. Her team — including student life manager Tanicia Perry and operations coordinator Dale Lemmerick — produces the event each year, ensuring it is unique for each class and also supportive of every student’s unique experience on such a fateful day.

“Match Day is a very highly charged and emotional event,” Sanchez said. “We provide rooms so that students can open their envelopes in private if they don’t want to do it in the large room.” From orientation to graduation, Sanchez and her team support the students’ progress. “The Office of Medical Student Affairs plays an integral role in each of the matching students reaching this milestone,” she said. “It’s a very happy day for all of us.”

Christian O’Donnell, a fourth-year medical student who had been deployed to Iraq in the 1stInfantry Division in 2004, said he was “excited to move to the next phase of training.” His wife, Raphaelle, was at his side, and his parents, Fred and Peggy, and mother-in-law had also flown in from Boston and Chicago, respectively, to be there.

The envelope, please

As the hour approached, students were directed to the four corners of the room, where their academic advising deans — Susan Knox, MD, PhD, associate professor of radiation oncology; Nounou Taleghani, MD, PhD, clinical associate professor of emergency medicine; Eric Sibley, MD, PhD, professor of pediatric gastroenterology; and Amy Ladd, MD, professor of orthopaedic surgery and the Elsbach-Richards Professor of Surgery — were standing by with the envelopes. After the final seconds of countdown, the balloons dropped from the ceiling and students tore open their red envelopes. 

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