Match Day: Students take next step in medical career

April 1, 2011

A student celebrates after learning where he matched for his residency program.
A student celebrates after learning where he matched for his residency program.

The "Luck of the Irish" was on their side as 170 Baylor College of Medicine fourth-year medical students learned where they would be spending the next three to seven years for their residency training. Match Day this year was held March 17, St. Patrick's Day.

Match Day culminates the annual National Residents Matching Program, which pairs fourth-year medical students with residency programs around the nation

Dr. Paul Klotman, president and CEO of BCM, reminded the students they were well trained for the next step in their medical careers and wherever they ended up was where they were meant to be. He urged those who were leaving the state to someday return to Texas and to BCM.

Dr. Stephen Greenberg, dean of medical education, and Dr. Don Donovan, senior associate dean of student affairs, also made comments before the students rushed to the board to find out where they matched.

Donovan noted that this was one of the best matches at BCM in over a decade. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Greenberg ended his remarks with an Irish toast: "May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings, slow to make enemies, quick to make friends, but rich or poor, quick or slow, may you know nothing but happiness from this day forward."

Class president Alex Callan congratulated her classmates on all of their hard work to get this to this point before she had the honor of uncovering the Match Day envelopes.

Of the students matching, 86 will be entering primary care residency programs in the fields of family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, medicine/pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology or emergency medicine; 48 students matched with residency programs at Baylor College of Medicine; and 85 matched with residency programs in Texas.

One student, Ralf Lukner, was pleased to learn that he matched in internal medicine at his first choice school, here at BCM. Lukner started medical school after 17 years as an engineer and company executive, and his wife and five children, now ranging in age from 5 to 14, were by his side as he opened his Match Day envelope.

With Match Day over, students now look forward to graduation, which will be held Tuesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. at Jones Hall in downtown Houston. One change this year to the graduation schedule, the luncheon will now be held Monday, May 23 in Rayzor Lounge at 11:45 a.m. for students only.