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MATCH: Determination Pays Off. Grad Gets Top Choice in 2016 Match.

March 18, 2016

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As far back as middle school, Jason Patton, 28, knew that he wanted to be a physician. Now, the Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) alumnus, who graduated in November 2015, has obtained a residency in family medicine at University of Arkansas Medical School – Fort Smith, his first choice for a match.

“I like that family medicine allows you to see any patient for any reason,” said the Texas native. “The spectrum of what you can do in family medicine is so wide and so deep.”

Patton earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Arlington, majoring in biology. He said he chose to enroll in RUSM, “because I wanted a school with a longstanding reputation of excellence.” He also liked the environment of the Dominica campus, where he completed the Foundations of Medicine curriculum. “I needed a place to study that was away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I spent most of my time studying. I was pretty much determined to put my head into the books.” Still, Patton made time to volunteer with the Ross Homeless Outreach Program, a student-led organization that raises funds for the homeless in Dominica. Members of the group also go to the homeless shelters around Dominica to provide basic medical care.

His determination and focus paid off; Patton graduated from RUSM with a high GPA, and earned high scores on his USMLE® Step I and Step 2 exams. His applications for the Residency Match resulted in 53 offers of interviews, of which he accepted 24. “I went into this very cautiously,” he said, explaining why he applied to a large number of residency programs. During the time he was doing his clinical rotations, Patton had gotten married, and he said his wife was a great help to him in organizing the interviews for the Match. “Within the first week of the Match opening, I had 10 or 15 offers for interviews, seven or eight in one day,” he related. “After the first 20, I got picky.”

Reflecting on his journey so far and on his future career as a physician, Patton was confident about the decisions he has made. “I look at myself years from now, when I’m 50, and family medicine fits all the bills perfectly,” he said.

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