Class of 2017 grads celebrate 100 percent match rate

Match Day is yet another day when medical students anxiously await results. More specifically, they learn if and where they will match into a residency program.

Securing a spot in a hospital or clinic in a student’s preferred specialty is a coveted position to be in. Craig Boisvert, D.O., WVSOM’s vice president of academic affairs and dean, noted, “For a medical school to reach 100 percent match is spectacular. Each of our students know where they are going and are prepared to enter the workforce as physicians.”

This year, the Class of 2017 officers wanted to make sure to share in their classmates’ success by incorporating a match recognition during graduation activities. Because students have been scattered across the U.S. completing rotations, the class reception was the first time to celebrate the match as a class.

“Every prospective medical student understands that at the end of your medical education you want to become a working physician, but in order to do that you need to acquire a spot in the match,” said Class of 2017 President Miles Medina. “Basically everything you do — in your first, second, third and even fourth year — comes down to the match. Where are you going to be and what specialty are you going to be in? All that hard works comes down to this moment.”

Belinda Evans, WVSOM director of student affairs, said this was the first time she recalls students recognizing a match celebration at the school. Being able to share the moment with family and friends adds to students’ achievements.

“It’s incredibly important for students to share this, and they have so much to celebrate,” she said. “Some of these students won’t see each other for a long time, but they know that since they made these connections here at WVSOM the last four years they can rely on classmates and friends for the rest of their careers.”

Medina, who matched at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township, Mich., in emergency medicine, said the Class of 2017 officers thought the event should be celebrated by anyone who has had an impact on a student’s journey through medical school. Therefore, the class decided to invite every member of the WVSOM family and their families as well.

“Our success isn’t a summation of one individual effort but rather a collaboration of everyone’s family and friends to get there,” Medina said.

As part of the match celebration, students placed pins on a map where they matched, received complimentary WVSOM zip jackets and took pictures at a WVSOM photo booth with optional “I matched in” cards for sharing with friends and on social media.

WVSOM was recently listed in a Top 10 national ranking of all medical schools by U.S. News and World Report titled, “Find Medical Schools With High Residency Placement Rates.”