“Welcome to your future!” With those words, Suzanne Rose, senior associate dean of medical education at the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM), said: I congratulated a final year medical student who was about to open an envelope informing me of a place of residence matching.
Game day is always an occasion for excitement and celebration, but this year’s event, held at the Jordan Medical Education Center (JMEC) on March 17, was especially festive. After three years of his COVID-19 restrictions, which initially restricted PSOM matchdays to computer screens, finally a full cohort of family and friends were invited again to share the moment with the up-and-coming doctor. (Masks were required for gatherings of this size.)
Alluding to the matchday confluence with St. Patrick’s Day this year, Rose also shared a message from PSOM Dean J. Larry Jameson. Someone who watched the event remotely due to recent exposure to COVID: ‘I have a four-leaf clover for each of you!’
Enthusiastic students waved red and blue pom-poms and took selfies with their classmates. Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Wellness DaCarla Albright Vice Dean of Student Affairs and Housing Planning Prithvi Sankar We started the countdown to noon when the students opened the envelopes.
And happy screams, jumps and hugs. Her 126 students who matched had been waiting a long time as they discovered their training destination for the next few years.
Among them is Montgomery, Canada, who plans to graduate with a combined Master of Science in Health Policy Studies and a Certificate in Education. She stayed at the University of Pennsylvania as a neurosurgeon intern, becoming one of the few black female brain surgeons in the country. “I knew I could tailor my medical education and take advantage of opportunities that aligned with my interests in neurosurgery, community involvement, and health equity,” Montgomery said of coming to her PSOM. spoke about the decision of For surgical health. “I chose neurosurgery because I loved the pathophysiology of neurosurgical disease and loved being in the operating room and working with this patient population during a vulnerable time in their lives.”
Like Montgomery, nearly a third of the class matched the pen program. (Penn’s residency program also attracted top candidates from other medical schools around the country.) Overall, 98.5% of students were matched (above the national average of 93%), and 38% were Head to a primary care residency.
After the immediate thrill of the day subsided, Montgomery reflected: … Matchday was everything I hoped it would be and more. “
This article originally appeared in Penn Medicine News.