MATCH DAY 2003: National Residency Program For the University of Arizona College of Medicine Class of 2003

For 4 years, students at the U of A College of Medicine in Tucson have worked toward "Match Day"

For the University of Arizona College of Medicine Class of 2003


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, which is open to graduates and their families and friends only, not the general public. Students and UA College of Medicine administrators will be available for interviews. The event also will be broadcast live on the Internet at http:\\ (except in Phoenix due to previously scheduled classroom broadcasts).

For four years, students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson have worked toward "Match Day" - the day they learn where they will spend the next several years as resident-physicians. This year's theme is "Moulin Match" -- a touch of "Moulin Rouge" mixed with the flair and originality of the class of 2003.
Members of the Class of 2003 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.

Most of the Class of 2003 are expected to remain in Arizona for their residencies and to enter primary care practices.

Sampling of residency numbers for the Class of 2002:

  • 100 students graduated (48 women and 52 men)
  • 44 stayed in Arizona for a residency (20 in Tucson, 24 in Phoenix)
  • 47 students went into primary care:
  • 18 in family practice
  • 11 in medicine
  • 13 in pediatrics
  • 5 in obstetrics/gynecology

Several interesting 2003 UA medical graduates will be available for interviews on Match Day, including:
Lance Bryce. Born in Safford, Ariz., Lance is the son of Ric and Jennifer Bryce of Thatcher, Ariz. Lance's interest in medicine began at age 7 after watching a television show about saving lives. At age 14, he began his medical career by volunteering during the summers at Mt. Graham Community Hospital in Safford. On the way to medical school, he attended Eastern Arizona College and graduated from the UA with a major in Mexican American studies and a minor in chemistry and Spanish. Now age 30, Lance faced many challenges in achieving his dream of a medical career, including "being the oldest of six kids, coming from a rural area, plus the financial commitment it takes to get through undergraduate and medical schools." Not to mention family responsibilities: he married before medical school and today he and his wife, Shellie, have three children, Jacoby, 7, McKenna, 4, and Ainslie, 19 months, who was delivered by Lance during his third-year obstetrics and gynecology rotation. (They all will attend the Match Day ceremony.) His residency won't be in ob/gyn, however, but in general surgery, an interest inspired by his experience working with surgeon Bart J. Carter, MD (a 1986 UA College of Medicine graduate), at Mt. Graham Community Hospital during Lance's rotations in general surgery as part of the UA College of Medicine's Rural Health Professions Program. Lance's desire is to practice medicine in his hometown. "I would like to return to Safford where I grew up and give back to the community that supported me." Lance hopes his surgical residency will be in Phoenix.

EDITORS NOTE: Lance is fluent in Spanish.

Angela Fimbres. A Tucson native, Angela, 27, is the oldest of three siblings and the first physician in her family. She changed her major from English literature and humanities to microbiology in her sophomore year at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. A course that paired Hispanic college students as tutors and mentors with 'at-risk' junior high students and her first college science class made her realize that her desire to help people and her intellectual curiosity about biology, medicine and infectious disease could be combined in a medical career. Angela struggled with her first chemistry and math classes, but "each step I took towards the goal of reaching medical school served to reaffirm my decision and I have never looked back." During her senior year, she participated in the UA Minority Medical Education Program, a nationally recognized pre-med enrichment program that helps promising, highly motivated minority college students gain admission to medical schools, and she returned as a program advisor during medical school. She was among the first group of students accepted into the UA's five-year MD-MPH (master's of public health) Dual Degree Program, offered jointly by the College of Medicine and the Arizona Graduate Program in Public Health to five entering medical students each year. Her MPH degree included an internship with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health's HIV/AIDS prevention program and STD (sexually transmitted diseases) clinic. She plans to become a pediatrician and use her public health background for patient education campaigns, research and as "an advocate for children's medical, emotional and social needs." Angela hopes her pediatrics residency as well as her practice will be in her hometown of Tucson, as "it offers a wealth of opportunity to assist a diverse population of patients. I feel fortunate to have had so many opportunities in my life and am proud to give back to my community."

Pippa Newell. Born in upstate New York, Pippa was 6 when she moved to Tucson with her parents who emigrated from Ireland in 1960. Now age 28, she is the youngest of four siblings, all UA graduates with business degrees. She is the first medical doctor in her family: her parents have PhD degrees (her father, Alan, is a UA professor of mathematics; her mother's degree is in psychology; and her eldest brother has a juris doctorate). Pippa attended Tucson High School, the UA, and the Universite de Saint-Louis, Senegal, West Africa. She took courses in biology, Latin, French, and classical studies, but majored in anthropology and sociology because of "the challenge of understanding people, why they do what they do, how social forces influence their motivations." At the end of her fourth year in college, after a year in Senegal and work in the UA Bureau of Applied Anthropology, she realized she needed to feel like she was helping people on a daily basis. After two more years in Senegal on a Fulbright Grant, she entered medical school. The first year was tough. "I really would not have made it without the great esprit de corps I found here," she says. Most people, when she tells them she wants to be a general surgeon, "either laugh out loud or look horrified; I'm not really the stereotypical surgeon type," she says, but "I love the surgery and I want to be useful." She notes there is a need for general surgeons in the poor regions of the world where she wants to work, including West Africa, Central or South America. Pippa hopes her surgical residency will be in New York City.

Georgia Tsingine. Born in Phoenix and raised in Tuba City, Ariz., Georgia, 30, is the first doctor in her family. She is the daughter of teachers Byron and Angeline Tsingine, Jr., and the granddaughter of Pauline and the late Byron Tsingine, Sr., of Tuba City, and of Elizabeth and the late George Dahe, Sr., of Polacca, Ariz. "In the Native community it is customary to name your grandparents out of respect for the elders and this signifies where you are from," says Georgia. Georgia is part Hopi (of the Massau'u, Tobacco and Sand clans) and part Navajo (of the Deer Spring Water Clan). She chose a career in medicine because "I thought that it was the best way for me to fulfill the need to help my Native people." After attending Tuba City High School, she set out in pursuit of her goal by earning a bachelor of science degree in zoology from Arizona State University and a master's of public health degree from the UA. She also attended the UA Minority Medical Education Program, a nationally recognized pre-med enrichment program that helps promising, highly motivated minority college students gain admission to medical schools. During medical school, Georgia returned to Tuba City for rotations in pediatrics and family medicine, working with several physicians in private practice and at the Hopi Health Care Center, as part of the UA College of Medicine's Rural Health Professions Program. "I plan on pursuing a career in family practice and public health working with Native Americans to improve health care through health care administration, health care research, and Native health care policy," says Georgia. "My goal is to work with Native communities from the national to local level to take ownership of our health and well-being. I am committed to working with Native students to pursue careers in health care." Georgia hopes her family practice residency will be in Phoenix.