In a very crowded Hiebert Lounge the Class of 2013 along with their friends and family awaited the stroke of noon on March 15. While Match Day happens on the same day, at the same time every year at medical schools across the country, the anticipation and excitement was fresh and infectious. With the countdown complete and cameras flashing, these doctors-in-waiting learned of their residency placements.
“It was a short three and a half years ago that the faculty welcomed you to the study of medicine at the White Coat Ceremony, and we look forward to welcoming you to the practice of medicine at commencement,” said Dean Karen Antman. “You have matched from New Hampshire to Hawaii and Canada to Texas, and the good news is that we get to keep 15 of you here at Boston Medical Center. Congratulations on all of your hard work and achievements.”
Twenty-three percent of the class will be entering internal medicine residency, 11 percent in family medicine, and 10 percent each in pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology. Nine percent of the class will be training in emergency medicine.
Angela Jackson, MD, acting for the first time in her capacity as associate dean for student affairs at a Match Day, told the class what a privilege it is to share such an important event in their lives. After congratulating the class, Phyllis Carr, MD, former associate dean for student affairs noted their special capacity for caring for each other and announced that the class had chosen Bill Hammond as their class speaker.
“On behalf of the 8,000 BUSM alumni across the country, I want to congratulate you on the successful completion of your medical education,” said Jean Ramsey, MD, associate dean for alumni affairs. “We look forward to welcoming you to the BUSM Alumni Association on commencement and to getting to know you better as our colleagues and fellow graduates.”
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