University of Vermont

Match Day 2014: Fourth-Year Medical Students Learn Residency Locations

George "Bud" Vana '14 announces his match to Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University during the UVM College of Medicine's Match Day ceremony March 21 (Photo by Raj Chawla, Medical Photography)

After months of interviews with different residency programs and more than a few overnight and cross-country trips, 106 senior University of Vermont College of Medicine students learned where they are headed for specialty training as doctors. On Friday, March 21 – Match Day – the energy and anxiety expended during the residency application process came to an end. Beginning at noon, each student opened the white envelope containing the name of the residency program with which he or she has been paired through a sophisticated computer algorithm at the National Resident Matching Program.

“Match day is the culmination of each student’s dream of becoming a physician – a confirmation that they will begin residency and finish the road to independent practice,” says William Jeffries, Ph.D., senior associate dean of medical education. “This road has never been more competitive, and each year a small but growing percentage of U.S. medical students do not receive a match. Despite this climate, UVM placed all of its students through the National Residency Match Program, which speaks to the quality of our graduates, the faculty and our education and advising programs.”

Surrounded by faculty, staff, and fellow students – as well as loved ones listening in via cell phone or Skype – medical students received the biggest news of their careers thus far in the Health Science Research Facility’s Hoehl Gallery. Jeffries, with College of Medicine Dean Frederick C. Morin III, M.D., UVM President Thomas E. Sullivan, J.D., and UVM Provost and Senior Vice President David Rosowsky, Ph.D., provided remarks. Beginning at exactly noon, envelopes were randomly selected from a bin, and the student names on each of the Match envelopes were announced. Most students chose to come to the stage and share their results publicly, while others read their results in private. Find out what our students are thinking and saying about Match Day on the UVM Medicine blog.

Below is a glimpse of a few of the UVM medical students who learned their Match results March 21:

Larry Bodden grew up in New Orleans, La., and attended Bennington College. A first generation American, his family comes from the small island of Utila, off the coast of Honduras. He completed the UVM post-baccalaureate pre-med program while working as a nursing assistant in the Fletcher Allen Health Care medical intensive care unit. While at the College of Medicine, Bodden served as chapter president of the American Medical Student Association, and in that role lobbied at the state house for a single-payer health care system. He also formed the Tobacco-Free UVM Student Action Group to advocate for a smoke-free campus, inspired in part by his work as a nursing assistant. That group’s efforts led to the formation of a campus-wide steering committee – headed by the Associate Dean for Public Health and the Vice President for University Relations and Administration – with a goal of making the campus tobacco-free by January 1, 2015. Bodden also served on two committees for the College of Medicine’s accreditation process. He’s matched in neurosurgery at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

A Hartland, Vt., native and graduate of Williams College, Hannah Foote came to the UVM College of Medicine after conducting research for several years in a cardiovascular biology lab at the Rockefeller Institute in New York City. She also spent time abroad working for UNICEF in Thailand. As a 2011-12 Schweitzer Fellow, Foote and classmate George “Bud” Vana completed a project focused on childhood vaccination rates. They researched why rates in Vermont remain lower than the national average, and developed teaching tools for pediatricians and parents to have conversations around vaccination. They also testified on the issue before the Vermont State Legislature. Foote hopes to combine her interest in population health with patient care and teaching, and matched to internal medicine at University of North Carolina Hospitals.

Benjamin Ware grew up in Westford, Vt., and graduated with a degree in computer science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. While working as a computer programmer and IT specialist for VT EPSCoR at UVM, he completed the post-baccalaureate pre-med program to finish prerequisites for medical school. The deep bond his grandfather – a former WWII German P.O.W. – formed with his physician while going through leukemia treatment led Ware to medical school. He is planning to pursue a palliative care fellowship after completing a residency in internal medicine at Providence Portland Medical Center in Oregon. A member of the Air National Guard and a dedicated triathlete, Ware completed his first Ironman race – which includes a full marathon, 112-mile bike race, and 2.4 mile swim – in Madison, Wisc., as a second-year medical student.

George “Bud” Vana, a native of Derby, Vt., attended North Country High School in Newport, Vt., and graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization. After college he worked as an educational therapist for children with autism in California. As a medical student, he’s been an advocate at the state level for psychiatry and child psychiatry issues while working with the Green Mountain Care Board, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and American Psychological Association Consumer Issues Board. In addition to the Schweitzer Fellowship he completed with classmate Hannah Foote, he started an American Medical Association (AMA)-Medical Student Section at UVM, and represented UVM in Washington D.C. for AMA’s Advocacy Day. Vana is pursuing a triple board certification in adult psychiatry, child psychiatry, and pediatrics. He matched to Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University.

Students serving in the military as well as certain specialties are eligible to find out their matches prior to Match Day. College of Medicine students will be headed to the following locations through the Early Match: Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Wash.; Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, Texas; SAUSHEC, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Wright-Patterson Medical Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; Naval Med Center, San Diego, Calif.; George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; and Oregon Health and Sciences University, Portland, Oregon.

College of Medicine students will be headed into over 20 specialties: Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Emergency Medicine garnered the most students. View the full list of residency appointments for College of Medicine Class of 2014.

View a video of Match Day. Members of the Class of 2014 will receive their medical degrees at Commencement on Sunday, May 18, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. in Ira Allen Chapel on the UVM campus.

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