Medical school students celebrate successful residency matches

Molly Clarke, MD '19, celebrate with her parents.

The big day

Our students and their families celebrated their residency matches Friday on our Mount Carmel Campus as part of Match Day. Here, Molly Clarke, MD '19, celebrates her match with her parents, Chris and Bob.

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orking with children is all Molly Clarke, MD ’19, ever wanted to do. Becoming a pediatrician was her way to fulfill that dream.

On Friday, she learned that her medical education will continue at one of the top children’s hospitals in the country — Children’s National in Washington, D.C.

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Clarke was one of 85 students at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine who learned of their residency placements through the National Resident Matching Program. Members of the Class of 2019 were among the 44,600 medical students applying for 35,000 residencies in The Match, which uses a computer algorithm to produce a destination and a discipline for the next three or more years.

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Students' pictures are on a map.

Coast to coast success

Joseph Devlin, MD '19, and his Quinnipiac classmates matched at some of the best residency programs in 25 states plus the District of Columbia.

Overall, the medical students matched with residency programs across the country, including Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University, New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University, Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Ohio State University Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center, along with the School of Medicine’s Connecticut affiliates Middlesex Health, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, and St. Vincent’s Medical Center.

School of Medicine Match Day

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The students matched in 19 disciplines, including family medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, internal medicine and neurology. The residencies are in 25 states and the District of Columbia.

For Dr. Bruce Koeppen, founding dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, Match Day is framed by a growing reputation for producing students who are well trained, compassionate and collaborative.

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“Today is a special day that marks the transition from student to doctor,” Koeppen said. “Our students are fully prepared to practice patient-centered care, and share their knowledge and compassion with those students who follow them.”

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Students cheer.

Reasons to celebrate

Members of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine celebrate Match Day with Miriam Nathan, MD '19, center.

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Before Match Day, Clarke said the best day of her life was finding out that she got in to the Quinnipiac medical school.

“The faculty teach us to look at patients as a whole and not focus on just one problem to fix,” she said.

Clarke singled out her MeSH preceptor, pediatrician Richard Geller, for preparing her well and described Dr. Robert Bona, Netter professor of medical sciences, as “someone who is incredibly smart. I did so well in my rotations because of his teaching.” She appreciated both doctors for their sense of humor. “In pediatrics, life can be sad, but humor and lightness is incredibly therapeutic.”

Molly Clarke, MD '19, celebrate with her parents.

Celebrating a milestone

Molly Clarke, MD '19, celebrates her match with her parents, Chris and Bob.

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Living in the moment

Match Day for the Class of 2019 was an event filled with excitement and emotion.

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