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Match Stories

March 24, 2021

Match Day success stories from the past as well as new stories from this year’s Match.

MATCH 2022

MATCH 2021

MATCH 2021

Melinda Kizziah
I matched Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University and could not be more excited to have years of hard work culminate in this achievement. I hope my fellow DO students always remember that they are amazing, smart, and capable of anything they set their mind to!
Melinda Kizziah, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University

Asia Colen
I matched at my #1 UAMS South Central! God’s plan never fails! I am beyond grateful! I get to serve my home! The very place I was born, where it all began for me, Pine Bluff, AR. I am overwhelmed and honored to serve my hometown. I promise to do my best to make everyone DO proud!
Asia Colen, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Family Medicine at UAMS South Central

Andriana Saric
I'm so thrilled to have matched in Emergency Medicine at Trident Medical Center in Charleston, SC! Participating in the 2020-2021 Match cycle presented many unique challenges to an already stressful process. I'm extremely thankful to have my advisors and mentors by my side from audition rotations, to navigating applications, and troubleshooting virtual interviews! Onto the next big adventure!
Andriana Saric, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Emergency Medicine at Trident Medical Center

Evan Arbit
As a DO physician and future Physiatrist, I recognize the holistic approach plays a pivotal role in patient care, especially in the world of PM&R. Often times it’s the emotional and or psychosocial components of an individual that contributes and or worsens the physical ailments and vice versa. My osteopathic education has given me this perspective to help improve my patient’s quality of life and be at their best!
Evan Arbit, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Rush Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Alyka Glor Fernandez
Don't discount yourself from applying to programs even if they have only a few DO residents! You've worked hard and put in the work; you are equally as qualified as our MD counterparts. Show them what you've got!
Alyka Glor Fernandez, Kansas City University
Emergency Medicine at Emory University

Chi Chi Do-Nguyen
When there's a passion, there's a way. I am so incredibly honored and humbled to be the 1st PCOM student to match into cardiothoracic surgery, the only DO student to match into cardiothoracic surgery this year, and the 1st DO to match at the University of Michigan CT Surgery. I can't wait to apply my osteopathic medical training to treat patients holistically within the field of cardiothoracic surgery!
Chi Chi Do-Nguyen, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Michigan

MATCH 2020

MATCH 2020

My Osteopathic education prepared me so well for a residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. I could not be more grateful for my school and the physicians who mentored me along the way.
Nicolet Finger, UNTHSC-TCOM
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UT Health San Antonio

The road to get here was surely a rough one, but nothing worth doing in life is meant to be easy. At the end of the day I had faith that my perseverance through the hard times would pay off, and today I found out that they did! To all the future physicians out there, NEVER GIVE UP. The world needs your healing.
Brynne Hunt, WCUCOM
Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel-Newark

I matched to my number one spot! I’ll be a family medicine resident at Saint Joseph Health System in Mishawaka, Indiana. I am so blessed to be able to be a DO and serve the community that raised me! Here is a picture of my cat and me celebrating during quarantine lol. We had a dance party!
Jess Williams, KCOM
Family Medicine at Saint Joseph Health System

I am so grateful to have trained to become an osteopathic physician. I matched into my number one choice for residency in internal medicine! Thankful for all my friends I made along the way and the physicians who mentored me!
Jacob Baer, KCU-COM
Internal Medicine at University of Kansas

I am able to fulfill my dream of being an emergency medicine physician! I am thankful to my school for all the opportunities afforded to me and the people in my life for support! Looking forward to being a DO in the emergency department.
Michael Skaletsky, MU-COM
Emergency Medicine at Doctors Hospital Columbus, OH

With all the craziness that is going on right now, it was great to see how everyone rallied together to celebrate match day virtually. We have all worked so hard to get to this point and I love seeing all of our dreams become a reality.
Amber Hartman, KYCOM
Pediatrics at SIU - Springfield, IL

At Cook County Hospital there’s a plaque that says: 'One doesn’t ask of one who suffers, what is your country and what is your religion? One merely says you suffer. This is enough for me. You belong to me and I shall help you. - Louis Pasteur' This philosophy aligns perfectly with the values we learn at CCOM. Proud to be a part of #DoctorsthatDo and match at my top choice!

Palak Patel, CCOM
Internal Medicine at Cook County

My DO medical education introduced me to mentors, clinical experiences, and a revitalized passion to assist struggling rural locales like my own hometown. I am over the moon about matching into my top choice in family medicine at at NH-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency in Concord, NH, which offers a rural track that I will carry with me for the entirety of my career in rural family medicine.
Clare O'Grady, NYIT-COM
NH-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency

My osteopathic medical education provides a unique vantage point into mental health treatment. Residency program leadership also saw this as a valuable asset when assembling their incoming intern class. I am proud to be a DO and will utilize my experiences as a future research psychiatrist!
Grace Sydney Pham, UNTHSC-TCOM
Psychiatry/Research at Baylor College of Medicine

I am beyond thrilled to have matched into Internal Medicine and cannot wait to begin my career as a doctor! The knowledge gained, the experiences lived, and the relationships formed throughout medical school will stick with me as I continue to grow as a physician. To all of my 2020 peers, we made it!
Maxwell Horowitz, TouroCOM NY
Internal Medicine at Mt. Sinai Icahn SOM St. Luke's-West

I could not have picked a better medical school to grow and mature into a young doctor. I am thrilled to have matched into an OB/GYN residency at my top program, St. Luke's University Health Network. I look forward to continuing to pave the way for other DOs!
Kathleen Ackert, PCOM
OB/GYN at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Bethlehem

I think the key to getting a good residency is to go and audition at that location. If you can show programs a good work ethic, coupled with your unique osteopathic education, you might be surprised at how many doors can open up for you.
Phillip Bennett, RVU-COM
Pathology AP/CP at the University of Utah

Matching into my top choice residency is a dream come true! I am incredibly grateful for my medical school peers and physician mentors for helping me build self-confidence and supporting my intellectual, personal, and professional growth throughout this journey.
Priya Shah, CCOM
Emergency Medicine at Duke University

I have loved every moment of this crazy journey through medical school, and I am eager to use the knowledge I have gained as an osteopathic medical student. A quote I once heard was "if you work hard, you'll get lucky" and I am so lucky to have found a place among the amazing physicians who work in Family Medicine. I can definitely say they are my people! I matched at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and I can't wait to begin the next 3 years of training.
Megan Miller
Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Family Medicine at Wright State University

Beyond excited to match at Detroit Receiving for Emergency Medicine. I am extremely excited to be a DO in the Emergency Department.
Rajiv Varandani, CCOM
Emergency Medicine at Detroit Receiving

Attending an osteopathic medical school has equipped me with a unique skill set and has provided a one of a kind training experience that will be invaluable to my future role as a physician. The journey was challenging, but with faith, dedication, and support, I made it through! Always remember, your darkest and most difficult moments are never wasted; they simply prepare you for your destiny. I cannot wait to apply all that I have learned to serve and make a positive impact on my patients- the osteopathic way
Anna-Kaye Brown, RowanSOM
Anesthesiology at Temple University Hospital

Incredibly humbled to be the only DO this year to match in Cardiothoracic Surgery I6. Prior to medical school, I worked as an LPN in Cardiac Surgery for 5 years ,while taking night classes dreaming of this day. Thank you very much to the AOA, AACOM, NBOME and WVSOM for all your support and giving this nurse an opportunity to realize his dreams
Jason Gilbert, WVSOM
University of Kentucky in Cardiothoracic Surgery

MATCH 2019

MATCH 2019

Don't think of time spent studying for COMLEX-USA and COMAT exams as time lost. It's an investment in your future career and in your ability to match into your specialty of choice.
Jason Rodriguez, DO
Kettering Health Grandview Medical Center, Anesthesiology

Match can be intimidating, but being an active learner through research, conferences, volunteering, and working hard in preparing for COMLEX-USA, truly pays off. I matched into my #1 choice!
Alexandra Digenakis, DO
University of North Carolina, Emergency Medicine

Medical school and residency applications can cause you to doubt your abilities. Remember that hard work pays off.  Have faith in your abilities and push through. You are amazing and can achieve your dreams.
Parth Gandhi, DO
Delaware Christiana Care Health System, Combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine

I matched into my #1 choice! Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and take advantage of new opportunities. Medical school is a time for personal and professional growth, and while grades are important, programs pay attention to other things too.
Jordan Hauck, DO
Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliate Hospitals, Obstetrics and Gynecology

I was able to match into my #1 program! I'm thrilled to be joining the Georgetown team and pursuing diagnostic radiology in Washington DC!
Matthew Bourne, DO
Georgetown University, Diagnostic Radiology

Work hard to shine during your sub-internships and interviews, but most importantly, be kind, positive, and a team player.
Pauline Terbio, DO
University of Nevada Las Vegas, Emergency Medicine

When it comes to residency, the most important thing is to find the right fit for you. Something I considered important was finding a place where I would be happy training. I found some programs more welcoming than others, and I loved the one I ended up in!
Tiffany Sinclair, DO
Franciscan Health Olympia Fields, General Surgery

Put 100% into everything you DO, and it will pay off. Studying hard and surrounding yourself with friends and family that support you is key -- and got me where I am today.
Khadija Farooq, DO
Presence St. Joseph Hospital, Family Medicine

I matched into my #1 choice! I was searching for a program that allowed me to incorporate my love for public health and community health. This one had it all!
Khyrista Valentine, DO
Authority Health Residency Program, Pediatrics

As DOs, we think holistically. As residency candidates, we have to be the same. Be well-rounded on every part of your application: COMLEX-USA, extra-curriculars, volunteer experience, and who you are as a person.
Kayla Prokopakis, DO
St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, Emergency Medicine

I wanted to be somewhere that allowed me to help the community, and would also make me the best doctor I could be. All my dreams came true and I matched at my #1 choice!
Hajiraj Ishaq, DO
Doctor's Hospital Ohio Health, Emergency Medicine

My fiance and I were both going for the same specialty in the same year. We couples-matched in pediatrics and will move from being classmates to being co-interns. All of my hard work was worth it!
Este Marks, DO
Oklahoma State University, Pediatrics

I'm very proud of my osteopathic medical training and COMLEX-USA best reflects this. It was important to me to find a program that valued my osteopathic roots as much as I do.
Victoria Starr, DO
Beaumont Hospital Obstetrics & Gynecology

Keep your mind open and trust the process. You might be surprised sometimes what you want initially changes when you stay open to possibilities and explore new things.
Joseph Schreiner, DO
Jefferson Health New Jersey Emergency Medicine

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