Spring 2015

Lighting the Match

Nearly 40 percent of 2015 graduates will do residencies at Tufts-affiliated hospitals

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Deep emotion and pride marked the day. Twins Ryan Kring and Randy Kring display their official letters. Photo: Mattew Healey

Dean Harris Berman was there amid the jostling hubbub on the fourth floor of the Sackler building, where the air of anticipation had a nice crackle to it. This was March 20, Match Day for 189 members of the Class of 2015, and the revved-up students, plus family and friends, pressed in on every side. Tables laden with food and drink anchored the scene. Shortly before noon, Berman hoisted a small glass of champagne and proclaimed his toast “to a great class—and, you’ll be happy to hear, a great match.”

Then all was shredded envelopes, shrieks and sudden hugs. Twenty percent of the class was bound for residencies in California; 36 percent would remain in New England, and fully 40 percent would be based at Tufts-affiliated hospitals. Seven residency programs would include five or more members of the class, Dean of Students Amy Kuhlik announced, before adding, “You’ll be with your friends, so that is good.” Further good news: All couples in the class matched in the same locale, thus preserving their unions.

The 2015 match included the third cohort of the “Maine Track” program, where the medical school teams up with Maine Medical Center in Portland as part of a long-term effort to place more doctors in areas of Maine where physician shortages are acute. This year, 34 students in the program will graduate, with 10 pursuing residencies in Maine.

“This is the first year in a long time that no one went to Alaska,” said Kuhlik. —Bruce Morgan

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