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RESIDENCIES: These Couples Got the Ultimate Match

February 10, 2015

Sommerhalder and Veatch, RUSM alumni
RUSM graduates Ashley Veatch, MD, and David Sommerhalder, MD, met while they were both students at RUSM.

As Valentine’s Day approaches and as medical students who will soon graduate are in the throes of the residency match process, our thoughts turn to the Couples Match. A number of Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) students every year apply to the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP) as a couple. They are in the Couples’ Match because they want to obtain residencies in the same geographic area, so that they can remain together.

In 2014, RUSM graduates earned more than 800 residency positions at hospitals in the United States and Canada. Two of them, Texas natives David Sommerhalder and his fiancée at the time, Ashley Veatch, matched together at Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, he in internal medicine and she in family medicine.

Williams and Koukis, RUSM alumni
Cheau Williams, MD, MSN, and his wife Betty Koukis, MD, at RUSM's White Coat Ceremony in May 2014.

Another RUSM alumni couple, Cheau Williams, MD, MSN, and his wife Betty Koukis, MD, are graduates of the class of 2006. Dr. Williams served as the guest speaker at the White Coat Ceremony last May. He is the director of urogynecology and female pelvic reconstructive surgery at Colquitt Regional Medical Center in Moultrie, GA, and she is an obstetrician/gynecologist there. The couple met while they were medical school students on the Dominica campus.

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