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RUSM Graduates Poised to Begin Residency Programs

June 15, 2015

July 1 marks the start of residency programs for most recent medical school graduates in the United States, and more than 800 RUSM alumni are among the group. Following the recent RUSM commencement ceremony that took place days ago, newly minted physicians are anxiously poised to begin their new careers. Hear from a few alumni in their own words as they talk about matching into a residency program – many of them receiving their first choice residency in their hometowns.


Michelle Kelley

When asked about her overall experience at RUSM, Michelle Kelley said, “There were no setbacks. I was pretty focused.” The Texas-native is returning to her hometown to begin an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Texas Medical School – Houston. She’s interested in becoming a hospitalist and has considered pulmonary and critical care disciplines.

“I’m very, very proud of Michelle,” said Marilyn Rabkin, who is Kelley’s mother. “She worked really hard.” Rabkin was beaming as she discussed her children’s success – she has an older daughter who is an immigration attorney.


Jonathan Dominguez

Jonathan Dominguez is returning to his New Jersey roots and will begin a Family Medicine residency at Hoboken University Medical Center – just five minutes from his parents’ pharmacy. Originally from Cliffside Park, Dominguez hopes to someday open a private practice.

Dominguez’s journey in medicine began by attending a RUSM information seminar. “Immediately after, on the same day of the info seminar, I applied to RUSM,” said Dominguez. But there was a defining moment that he knew he was on the right path. “It was after I passed the first mini exam that I felt assured,” said Dominguez. “After that I studied and maintained good academic and social balance.”


Ugorji Okorie

“At 11:50 a.m. I started to twinge,” says Ugorji Okorie reflecting on the long 10 minutes before she learned whether she matched into a residency. “I began to think, what if…,” said Okorie. But at 12:01 p.m. Okorie was relieved to receive a congratulatory message by the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP) and then the tears began flowing at 12:27 p.m. when she realized that she had achieved her long awaited dream.

Okorie matched into an Internal Medicine residency program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport. Okorie was hoping to get into the Baton Rouge campus to be a little closer to family, but is still satisfied with her second choice. “LSU-Shreveport has great academics – it’s the largest teaching hospital in the state with all the fellowships,” said Okorie.

When she reflected on her time at RUSM, Okorie shared, “I love Ross. I loved living in Dominica.” She went on to say that the solitude gave her the opportunity to self-reflect and learn a lot about herself.


Christina Bortz

Christina Bortz is bound for New York Methodist Hospital in Park Slope to begin a residency in Internal Medicine. Bortz recounts that she was invited to participate in 20 interviews but decided to only go on 12 visits. “I canceled the rest of the interviews because I was pretty confident I’d do well, that I’d match,” said Bortz. She matched into her first choice program and has her mind set on a career in gastroenterology.

Bortz is from Ridgefield, CT and her friends and family shared in her accomplishment by giving a surprise congratulatory party.


Rachana Choksi

According to Rachana Choksi it was “exciting and nerve-wracking” while waiting for the results of the NRMP match. However, she soon realized her fears were unfounded as she is set to begin a promising career in Pathology at Temple University Hospital.

Choksi is interested in specializing in forensic pathology. She doesn’t feel strongly about returning home to Jersey City, NJ, but would like to establish her career somewhere in the northeast – maybe Boston.


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