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MATCH: Students, Grads All Smiles at RUSM Residency Reception in NY

March 26, 2015

Katie Angelova
Katie Angelova (left), set to graduate from RUSM at the end of March 2015, matched in psychiatry this year at Richmond University Medical Center, New York. She attended a recent Match reception, held by RUSM, with guest and third-year clinical student Nick Suraci (right).

It’s Saturday night on March 21, less than 24 hours after Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) students learned where they matched for residencies across the United States. At the Pier Sixty waterfront banquet hall in New York City, scores of RUSM students are chatting, cheering, hugging.

Some guests hover by real-time video-linked monitors—installed so students could connect with peers and friends in Illinois and Florida at separate Match receptions—waving to friends hundreds of miles away. Others pose for photos, snack on hors d’oeuvres, and swap stories about how they’d reacted to the good news they received on Friday.

Check out our Match Madness photo gallery on Facebook.

At about the 8:15 PM mark, William Lynn Weaver, MD— Interim Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Sciences—steps to the microphone and starts chanting three words: We are Ross. It takes a few seconds, but slowly, guests stop what they’re doing and join in.

The chanting quiets down. “This is the first step,” Dr. Weaver says. “We want you to be extremely successful, and happy, in what you’re doing.”

RUSM Students, Graduates React to Residency Match

Given the mood at Saturday’s event, there was no shortage of happiness that night.

“I was jumping up and down,” said David Maldow of his initial reaction to learning he matched in radiology at University of Rochester Medical Center in New York—his first choice. “RUSM gave me every opportunity to succeed, and I did—and I’m very, very thankful.”

Alisa Coleman had similar words. “I couldn’t be more excited,” says the RUSM student, who is set to graduate in May 2015. “I’m really proud of all of us.” Coleman also received her first choice in residency, a psychiatry spot at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital.

Sommerhalder and Veatch, RUSM alumni
Simon Tiu, MD (above, left), landed a preliminary surgery residency at LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans. Dr. Tiu is pictured with William Lynn Weaver (right), MD, FACS, RUSM Interim Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Sciences.

"I Looked at My Phone and Was Speechless"

It was my number one choice was a fairly common refrain that night. Asif Uddin, MD, who graduated RUSM in November 2014, earned his #1 choice for residency at Kansas University Medical Center in psychiatry/internal medicine.

“I was ecstatic,” Dr. Uddin said. “More in shock than anything.”

The same, perhaps, could be said of November 2014 graduate Simon Tiu, MD, when he learned that had landed his first-choice residency in preliminary surgery at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans.

“I looked at my phone and was speechless,” he said. “I didn’t know what to think. I’m super stoked, and proud to be a RUSM graduate.”

For Katie Angelova, who will graduate from RUSM at the end of March, successfully matching signified the end of one leg of her journey—and she’s excited to begin the next part. Angelova matched in psychiatry at Richmond University Medical Center, NY.

“The first thing that crossed my mind [when I matched] was that I’ll finally see a paycheck for the first time in years,” she laughed. “Then the excitement came.”

“To RUSM, I just want to say thank you,” she added. “They really got us where we needed to be.”

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