Medical students brace for news at residency Match Day

Aspiring doctors scramble in jubilant race for acceptance envelopes

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Match Day on Friday, March 15, is the fun, frenzied date when medical students nationwide learn which hospital has accepted them for residency, or advanced training in their chosen specialty. At the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the ceremony climaxes in a mad scramble for the envelopes, with 150 aspiring doctors tearing them open with their families and friends. 

WHO

UCLA
Omar Viramontes

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The American Dream got off to a rocky start for Omar Viramontes and his twin brother, Octavio. Shortly after the boys emigrated with their family from Mexico at age 10, a fire destroyed their home in the San Joaquin Valley, where the parents picked grapes in the farm fields. To earn extra income, the boys sold corn as street vendors during the summers. Their hard work paid off: After graduating magna cum laude from UC San Diego, Viramontes attended the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA on an all-expenses-paid Geffen Scholarship. His brother went to Harvard University for college and medical school. Now 26, the twins hope to respectively match in internal medicine and emergency medicine, and to serve as role models for underserved children in their rural hometown.

UCLA
Aaron Reyes

Aaron Reyes grew up in a single-parent home in a small Louisiana town and was the first in his family to attend college. With no role models for his dream of becoming a doctor, his mother encouraged him to persevere through the myriad of pre-medical requirements and applications at Brown University. After a job at an urgent-care clinic in Manhattan opened his eyes to how often health care providers mischaracterize and isolate LGBTQ people, Reyes knew it was time to step up as a community advocate. At the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, he pursued training to better understand LGBTQ patients’ needs and to foster an LGBTQ student community. Now 28, Reyes looks forward to matching in internal medicine.

WHEN

8 a.m.

Students and families arrive for check-in and breakfast.  

8:30 a.m.

Welcome

  • Dr. Kelsey Martin, dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, dean of Drew medical school (via simulcast)
  • Dr. Clarence Braddock, vice dean for education at the Geffen School

8:45 a.m.

Class match overview by Dr. Lee Miller, associate dean for student affairs at the Geffen School.

9 a.m.

Students at UCLA and medical schools across the country open their envelopes.  

9:15 a.m.

Students pose with acceptance letters for class photo in Geffen Hall courtyard.

WHERE

Learning Studio and Courtyard, Geffen Hall, 885 Tiverton Ave., Los Angeles (map)  

PARKING

Spaces must be reserved in advance. RSVP to media contact by 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, to be assigned a spot for oversized TV trucks and to reserve parking for passenger vehicles.

MEDIA CONTACT 

Elaine Schmidt, UCLA Health Media Relations, 310-267-8323,  eschmidt@mednet.ucla.edu     

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