National Residency Matching Program For the University of Arizona College of Medicine Class of 2004

National Residency Matching Program for The University of Arizona College of Medicine Class of 2004

EVENT: MATCH DAY 2004
National Residency Matching Program For the University of Arizona College of Medicine Class of 2004

DATE/TIME: THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 10 A.M.

PLACE: DuVal Auditorium, University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.

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 interview. The event also will be broadcast live on the Internet at http://video.biocom.arizona.edu (except in Phoenix due to previously scheduled classroom broadcasts).



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For four years, students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine have worked toward Match Day 2004 - the day they learn where they will spend the next several years as resident-physicians. 

Members of the Class of 2004 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 2004 includes 104 graduates -- 46 women and 58 men. Most are expected to remain in Arizona for their residencies and to enter primary care practices. 

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Sampling of residency numbers for the Class of 2003:

  • 91 students graduated (41 women and 50 men)
  • 35 stayed in Arizona for a residency (20 in Tucson, 15 in Phoenix)
  • 33 students went into primary care:
    6 in family practice
    12 in medicine
    9 in pediatrics
    6 in obstetrics/gynecology

Several interesting 2004 UA medical graduates will be available for interviews on Match Day, including: 

Jessica Chodos
"I am planning to be a pediatrician and would love to work with underserved populations, most likely urban, when I finish my training," Jessica Chodos says. "I also am interested in working with teen-agers and other high-risk children when I practice." 

In the summer of 2001, Jessica participated in the UA College of Medicine Rural Health Professions Program, spending several weeks with physician mentor Devin Mikles, MD, at his practice in Sedona. 

"I loved working with people and teaching them as well. This fit perfectly with my science background. I particularly love working with kids and have taught ballet, been a nanny, worked at camps with underprivileged kids, worked with `troubled' teens and was a `med-mentor' in med school. So I guess it is natural for me to want to be a pediatrician." 

Sean Listen
As a third-year medical student, Sean assisted with the development of a microscope that digitizes slide images in record time for transmission over the Internet, as part of the Arizona Telemedicine Program at the UA College of Medicine. 

Sean also served as the Speaker of the American Medical Association's Medical Student Section, which represents more than 50,000 medical students nationwide. "I would like to continue my work in helping to shape national health policy. I also would like to use my background in optical engineering to develop technology that would make health care more accessible to rural and underserved populations. I will probably stay in Arizona after I complete my residency in ophthalmology." 

Jennifer Waara
Jennifer, who grew up in the rural farming community of Wellton, Ariz., plans to go into Family Medicine. "I am particularly interested in mental health in primary care...I love rural medicine and would be lucky to be a small town doctor somewhere. However, I know the journey of residency and overall life will determine my destination." 

Jennifer participated in the UA College of Medicine Rural Health Professions Program, spending several weeks in the summer of 2001 with physician mentor Dallas Peterson, MD, at his family practice in Snowflake. 

"I've always wanted to be a physician. However, I previously worked at UMC as a patient care technician; the UA as a research technician in smoking cessation research; and in Los Angeles as a pharmaceutical sales representative."