UCLA medical students brace for news at residency Match Day

Aspiring doctors scramble in jubilant race for acceptance envelopes

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WHAT

Match Day 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. The event will be simulcast with one at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, where 25 medical students will also learn their matches.

WHO

UCLA’s educational curriculum shapes future physicians who want to make the world a better place. These students and others will be available for interviews:

Angel Robinson, 29, from Buena Park, California, is no stranger to adversity. Her mother is an immigrant from Taiwan who waitressed to feed the family, and her father was a disabled veteran who struggled with bipolar disorder. Inspired by her mom’s resilience and compassion, Robinson worked hard to succeed academically. After graduating from UC San Diego, she spent several years tackling the high teen pregnancy rate in inland Orange County. Through AmeriCorps, she established an adolescent clinic, educated kids in schools and juvenile hall about reproductive health, and counseled patients. While pursuing dual degrees in medicine from UCLA and a master’s in public health Johns Hopkins University, respectively, she became a Power to Decide Fellow and advocated for affordable reproductive health care in Washington, D.C. She hopes to continue this work after completing her residency in obstetrics/gynecology. Her mother, now a psychiatric technician, and her brother, who is training to be a firefighter, will join her on Match Day.

Lao-Tzu Allan-Blitz, 28, from, Los Angeles, took an unconventional path to medicine. Raised in Santa Barbara, California, by activist parents who named him after seven philosophers, he began acting in theater at age 7 and attended boarding school on a dairy farm in Vermont. He volunteered for his first medical mission in Bolivia at 14. As an undergraduate at New York University, he designed an arts-centered major but soon realized his heart belonged to medicine. He volunteered as an emergency medical technician and toured Europe in a band with his brothers the summer before starting medical school. At UCLA, he led the student-run homeless clinic and co-created a series of health workshops for homeless-shelter residents. He researched tuberculosis in Botswana and studied infectious diseases in Peru; in April he’ll travel to South Africa to work in a rural hospital. He remains passionate about the arts and will soon publish his first novel. His wife, parents and brothers will join him on Match Day, where he’ll learn where he’s matched in internal medicine/pediatrics.

WHEN

Friday, March 16, 2018

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. David Carlisle, president and CEO of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (simulcast)
  • Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, dean of Drew medical school (simulcast)
  • Dr. Clarence Braddock, vice dean for education at the Geffen School.

8:45 a.m. 
Overview of class matches 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

Parking for oversized TV trucks is extremely limited. Please R.S.V.P. to media contact by noon on Thursday, March 15, to reserve a spot in advance. Passenger vehicles may pay to park in Lot E, the Center for Health Sciences lot or Structure 18.

MEDIA CONTACT

Elaine Schmidt, UCLA Health Media Relations
310-267-8323 (office) | 310-597-5767 (cell) | eschmidt@mednet.ucla.edu

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