Imagine it’s your birthday. The presents are waiting, tied with pretty bows, and you can’t wait until it’s time to open them! That’s what it was like at Match Day 2016, except instead of a pile of presents there was a table with row upon row of sealed envelopes, one for each student graduating from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.
The room was bursting with excitement as everyone counted down to the moment when each student could rush for the table and find his or her envelope.
Match Day is the day that graduating medical students find out where they’ve been placed for their residencies. Medical school teaches physicians a broad range of knowledge and skills, but medical residency is where these doctors begin their in-depth training in a specific branch of medicine.
Match Day is always exciting, as it was for Justin Lee (photo above lt) and Paul McCormick Jr. (photo below rt), the son of Dr. Paul McCormick, Director of The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York. Paul Jr. and Justin were two of the graduates waiting to open an envelope.
Each of the envelopes held a letter telling students which residency program they had been matched with, and where they would be taking the next steps on their journey to becoming physicians.
“Today is the ultimate day in medical school,” said Dr. Lisa Mellman, Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs, at the Match Day event. “We have 164 students in this class, and we are so excited for them to open up their envelopes and see where they’re going to be for their residencies. And we know there are going to be a lot of shouts for joy and happy faces!”
And there were! As students opened their envelopes the room was quickly filled with smiles and shouts.
Students were matched into a number of specialties, including pediatrics, dermatology, psychiatry and, of course, neurosurgery. More than a quarter of them will be staying for their residencies at Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
One student who found out that he will be staying at Columbia for his residency is the new Dr. Paul McCormick, Jr. He will be entering the neurosurgery residency program, to follow in his father’s footsteps as a neurosurgeon.
Congratulations to both Drs. McCormick, and welcome to our new residents!
Read more about our residency program here.
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