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Creighton University School of Medicine announces 148 residencies on Match Day

Match Day is an event filled with anxiety and celebration. Medical students, their family, friends and classmates filled the Harper Center Ballroom to take part in the joint ceremony – linked live via the Internet with Creighton medical students at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.

Held on the same day and time every year at medical schools across the United States, students opened envelopes and learned where they would be spending the next five years honing the specialties they’ve chosen once they have an M.D. after their name. At the Creighton ceremony, students were called up individually, handed an envelope, opened it and announced to everyone their residency.

Many participants brought family members or friends on stage with them to share in the emotional moment. Erika Price followed through on a family promise and wore a costume “sorting” hat from the Harry Potter series.

“I was explaining to my family how Match Day works, and they said it sounds like the Harry Potter sorting event,” Price said. “I told them if somebody wants to buy me a hat, I will wear it on stage.”

Price is pleased she will hone her skills in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. “You just hope for the best,” Price said. “Everybody in here worked very hard. Some of us may be a little surprised, but we’re all where we’re meant to be in the end.”

Michael G. Kavan, Ph.D., associate dean for student affairs at the Creighton University School of Medicine who oversees the match process of fourth-year medical students, said the school had an excellent residency match year. Kavan noted that 94 percent of the 148 students matched into their number one specialty of choice.

Newly engaged couple Lindsay Williams and Vignesh Palaniappan were thrilled to learn they would both have residencies in Minnesota, the home state of the bride-to-be, at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

“We’re pleased. It was in our top choices,” said Williams, who will practice family medicine. “We met in medical school and planned to have our wedding in Minnesota, so this will make things much easier. I’m going home!”

Students were matched in 20 different specialty areas with residencies in 32 states. Once they revealed their residency, students crossed the stage and placed a pin on a United States map showing the next stop in their journey through medical school.

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