Friday, March 23, 2001

Med students on the move

By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Megan LeMasters walked to the front of the lecture hall, opened her envelope and announced: “We need our snow boots. ... We're going to Alaska!”

        Ms. LeMasters was among 146 medical students who learned Thursday where they will be doing their residency training — and where they will be living — for the next three to five years.

        It was National Match Day at the University of Cincinnati's College of Medicine and at med schools throughout the nation. About 20,000 graduating medical students learned their fates Thursday.

[photo] Future doctor Rachel Saletel (right) gets a congratulatory hug Thursday from roommate Lubna Chohan.
(Mike Simons photo)
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        Amid cheers and hugs, tears and champagne, noisemakers and little plastic bottles of bubbles, about half the UC students learned they would go to their first choice. Another 30 percent got their second or third choice.

        The Anchorage Medical Center in Alaska was Ms. LeMasters' first choice among the 13 programs she looked at for family medicine. She broke into tears and hugged fellow student Daria Cerimele.

        "I adore the mountains, and I want to go fly-fishing after work,” said Ms. LeMasters, who lives in the city of Wyoming.

        Taken with Alaska's beauty, Ms. LeMasters said she picked it to gain a taste of rural medicine.

        “It's a calling; it's like the ministry,” she said. “There is one place you can only get to by snowmobile. It's going to get serious.”

        “Bring me back some Eskimo pies,” another med student said.

        One by one the students came to the front of the hall and opened envelopes.

        “Looks like I'm selling my car for some subway tokens,” said a future pediatrician heading to school in New York.

        "Hello, Rick Pitino!” said another bound for the University of Louisville.

        Forty of the 146 students will remain in hospitals in the Cincinnati area.

        Sarah Ronan-Bentle's first choice at University Hospital will allow her to learn and practice emergency medicine.

        "It was my first choice because of the program itself,” said Ms. Ronan-Bentle, who lives in Green Township.

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