Temple med students play match game

March 19, 2009 2:56:38 PM PDT
"Match Day" arrived on Thursday for Temple students. Match day is the day that graduating medical students find out where they'll do their residencies.

There was a moment of quiet as they opened their envelopes and then, nothing but jubilation, hugs, and noise.

"I'm going to Mt. Sinai for my radiology and I'm going to Albert Einstein Medical Center for my intern year," Micah Cohen, M.D. said

It was a family affair for the Cohens.

Mom called Micha's sister who is also at Mt. Sinai and she is also an oral surgeon at Temple. Micah's father is Nephrologists at the University of Pennsylvania.

Two doctors have been best friends since the beginning of medical school and they got their news.

These 160 graduating medical school students were matched with residency programs around the country and most got their first choice.

Al Ojiaku will be an anesthesiologist at Emory in Atlanta, and neither he nor any of these doctors seemed worried about their futures in a bad economy.

"Even though we don't get the reimbursement that, we used to get in the past, they're still job security and nobody can deny that," Al Ojiaku, M.D. said.

But no was one was more relieved than Gina Carvorsi; she'll stay at Temple to be an intern in psychiatry.

"I've been through so much during medical school; I got an MBA, I've had two children, so it's been six years," Gina said.

"Match day and graduation are probably the two most exciting days of the year; we see the students when they get here and then four years goes by very fast," Jerry Sterling, PhD, said.

Almost all of the new doctors will do their residencies in the Delaware Valley.

All will spend the next 4 years or so of their lives, learning their medical specialties.

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