<p>Members of the Class of 2001 will receive traditional Match Day sealed envelopes.</p>



For the University of Arizona College of Medicine Class of 2001


PLACE: DuVal Auditorium, The University of Arizona Health Sciences Center
1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

MEDICAL WRITERS/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS NOTE: Media are invited to attend the Match Day ceremony, and the AHSC Office of Public Affairs can help arrange interviews with students and with UA College of Medicine administrators; for more information, contact Jean Spinelli, AHSC Office of Public Affairs, (520) 626-7301.

March 21, 2001
Contact: Jean Spinelli, (520) 626-7301

For four years, students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine have worked toward "Match Day" - the day they learn where they will spend the next several years as resident-physicians.

Members of the Class of 2001 will receive traditional Match Day sealed envelopes, which contain letters showing where students will spend the next several years as resident-physicians. UA medical students will participate in the complex process that matches the nation's graduating medical students' preferences with program preferences. Match Day ceremonies are coordinated to occur on the same date at the same time throughout the country.

Residency programs vary in length according to specialty, from three years for general medicine/family practice specialties to eight years for the most specialized of surgeons. A residency is a major step in building a medical career.

The Class of 2001 includes 106 graduates -- 46 women and 60 men. Most are expected to remain in Arizona for their residencies and to enter primary care practices.

Sampling of residency numbers for the Class of 2000:

* 100 students graduated (49 women and 51 men)

* 48 stayed in Arizona for a residency (20 in Tucson, 28 in Phoenix)

* 45 students went into primary care:

7 in family practice

12 in medicine

5 in pediatrics

5 in obstetrics/gynecology

16 in medicine/pediatrics

Several interesting 2001 UA medical graduates will be available for interviews on Match Day, including: Mariana Amaya and Martin Hernandez. Mariana, 25, and Martin, 30, met as UA undergraduates and married two years ago during medical school. Mariana, a native of San Luis, Ariz., is a Kofa High School graduate. Her experience growing up in a rural community sparked her interest in a medical career, and she graduated from the UA in 1997 with a degree in community health education. The daughter of field workers, she will be the first in her family to graduate from medical school. (Her sister, Gina Amaya, will graduate this year from the UA College of Nursing.) Marianna will pursue a residency in obstetrics and gynecology. Martin is originally from Los Angeles, Calif. He is the first college graduate in his immediate family (who now resides in San Bernadino). While attending the UA as an anthropology major, he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a physician. After graduating in 1994, he earned a UA master of public health degree, serving his internship at the El Rio Health Center's diabetes self-management program and graduating in 1996. He will pursue a family practice residency. Both Mariana and Martin are committed to helping improve the health care of underserved communities and plan to return to Arizona to practice. EDITORS NOTE: Mariana and Martin are fluent in Spanish.

Brock and Jean Amon. Yuma natives Brock, 27, and Jean, 26, are typical high school sweethearts. They met in an accelerated math class in eighth grade, were voted prom king and queen, and graduated from Yuma High School in 1992. They graduated from Arizona Western College, and attended the UA, both majoring in microbiology. To help finance their undergraduate tuition, they worked at Yuma Regional Medical Center -- Jean in the pharmacy and Brock in the physical rehabilitation department. Two weeks before the start of medical school, they married -- on July 5, 1997. They will be the first physicians in their families -- Brock as an obstetrician and Jean as a pediatrician. Jean's interest in pediatrics was sparked by her experiences as the second oldest of 11 children in the Rouff family. In her eighth grade yearbook, Jean was quoted as wanting to be an obstetrician. She never thought she would be married to a gynecologist! Brock's interest in medicine grew out of his accident-prone athletic endeavors. He spent months in rehab for various injuries and many hours with his physical therapist and medical mentor Larry Autrey. Jean and Brock plan to return to Yuma to establish practices and raise a family.

Kimberly Brydle. Kimberly, 31, has lived in Tucson most of her life and attended schools in the Sunnyside School District, graduating from Desert View High School in 1988 with her high school sweetheart, Ray Andrade. She and Ray, a biology teacher at Challenger Middle School, married in 1994. In 1995, they spent five weeks traveling in Kenya, Africa, going on a camping safari and also staying in Eldoret, Kenya, with the Kieno family, who run an orphanage on their farm. When Kimberly was accepted to medical school in 1996, she was pregnant with their first child, Samantha, who was born Sept. 20, 1996 -- during midterms! Their son, Jonathan, also was born during medical school, on July 20, 1998. During medical school, Kimberly developed an educational outreach program, called Med Teach, for seventh grade science students in the Sunnyside School District. As a former student in the district, and the first member of her family to attend college, Kimberly says she realizes the importance of role models and a positive environment at every level of education. She credits her teachers and her parents who encouraged her interest in science and helping people for her decision to pursue a medical career. Following her residency in medicine, Kimberly plans to practice in Tucson.

Aaron Lehman. Aaron, 26, is a Phoenix native who was born at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, raised in North-Central Phoenix, and graduated from Sunnyslope High School. After graduating with a degree in human biology from Stanford University, he spent a year traveling overseas. His experiences included volunteering in Israel on a kibbutz in the Golan Heights and attending a two-month multi-disciplinary study of ethics, Jewish law and other topics, led by Orthodox rabbis in the Old City of Jerusalem. He also spent time in Egypt, Jordan (climbing the rock ruins of Petra), Hungary (spelunking in Budapest) and several European countries. Aaron's interests in science and technology and his desire for an opportunity to help and heal people led him to pursue a medical career. During his first year of medical school, Aaron met Stephanie, a UA graduate student working on a Ph.D. in family studies and human development, who became his wife six months ago. He served on the UA College of Medicine Medical Student Government as representative for the Class of 2001, and as chairperson during his second year of medical school. Aaron and Stephanie are eagerly awaiting Match Day to see where he will match, as that will determine whether he pursues a residency in medicine or medicine/pediatrics.