Future doctors learn about their future on Friday at the Match Day event

For the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the OHSU School of Medicine will offer a hybrid game-day celebration for its MD class of 2022. All 149 members of the class will participate in person or virtually to find out where they will spend the next three to seven years as medical residents. Here are the 2019 OHSU Match Day festivities, which was the last time the university hosted the event in person. (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)

For news media: The OHSU Match Day event begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 18 at the Robertson Life Sciences Building on Portland’s south waterfront. Media planning to attend should assemble in the first floor atrium no later than 8:30 a.m. Please RSVP by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 17, with Franny White at [email protected] or 971-413-1992.

This Friday, March 18, the 149 members of the OHSU School of Medicine Class of 2022 will find out where their future as physicians will take them.

That morning, fourth-year medical students attending OHSU’s in-person Match Day event will tear open envelopes neatly lined up on a table in front of them, while virtual attendees click a link from their computers. Whether they are consulting a sheet of paper or a webpage, students will all learn where they will spend the next three to seven years as resident physicians at medical institutions across the United States.

Most residency assignments are made through the National Resident Matching Program, which uses a sophisticated computer algorithm to match students with graduate medical education or residency programs, based on student applications, interviews, and student and program preferences.

After the pandemic sparked two years of virtual-only celebrations, OHSU is making this year’s Game Day celebration a hybrid occasion, with in-person and virtual participation options for students and loved ones. In-person guests will present proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test result.

Also new in 2022: 92% of this year’s class are expected to complete their graduation requirements on Friday. Students can graduate early through OHSU School of Medicine’s competency-based, time-varying medical curriculum. Last year, 78% of OHSU’s medical class completed their medical training on game day.

Below are brief profiles of some members of the OHSU School of Medicine Class of 2022 who will be participating in this year’s Game Day Ceremony. All will graduate early Friday.

Siblings prepare for solo residencies

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Nathan and Mary Earp (Courtesy of the Earps)

Nathaniel “Nate” Earp and Mary Earp are used to sharing. But after four years of attending OHSU as siblings, they are preparing for the possibility that they will soon need to go their own way.

Nate, 29, and Mary, 27, grew up in West Linn and both studied science at the University of Oregon – where Nate earned a bachelor’s degree in human physiology and Mary earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. They both volunteered for a nonprofit clinic in Oregon City, and each also worked at the same Hillsboro medical practice. And now they’re about to graduate from OHSU and begin residencies in internal medicine.

“It was awesome,” Nate said of going to medical school with his sister. “Some siblings may not get along well together, but this has been perfect for us. We share everything with each other.

But, with Mary also participating in a partner match so that she and her partner can have residencies in the same city, the siblings know the chances of the two also being placed in the same residency program are not. high.

“I will be sad if we go to separate places,” Mary said. “My brother is like my best friend.”

But even though they go through residency separately, they will be guided by the same personal experiences: seeing their mother die of breast cancer in 2016, and later helping their father while undergoing treatment for lymphoma in OHSU and they were in medical school.

They are grateful that their father is doing well today. Now the siblings want to take the same empathy and human touch they received during their parents’ health issues and offer it to their own patients and families.

Mom of twins can’t wait to serve patients

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Geneviève Benedetti (Courtesy of Benedetti)

The many professional and personal twists that Geneviève Benedetti, mother of 1-year-old twins, has taken over the past two decades will add up this month with the end of her medical studies at 39.

She decided to change careers at age 30, after earning a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago. While working at a child and family policy research center, Benedetti supported a program that offered home health visits to new mothers of vulnerable children. She was inspired to see evidence-based policies used to address health disparities and decided to combine her political interests with clinical work by pursuing a career in medicine.

After growing up in Ashland since seventh grade, she decided to move back to Oregon and enrolled in post-baccalaureate pre-med classes at Portland State University. For four years, Benedetti took basic science classes while also working as a medical secretary in local emergency departments.

Before starting at OHSU in the fall of 2017, she married her longtime partner, who had moved with her to Portland from Chicago. Midway through her medical training, Benedetti became pregnant with twins. She took a leave of absence and gave birth to a boy and a girl in February 2021. She says raising children while finishing medical school has helped her feel comfortable with uncertainty, including not knowing where she will be matched for an internal medicine residency.

“It’s been a long road to get here,” Benedetti said. “I’m grateful to so many people for helping me get here, because I couldn’t have done it on my own. This is what has sustained me for the past five years: the support of my family and friends, and the many patients who have accepted my involvement in their care.

Wherever she and her family go next, Benedetti looks forward to providing holistic medical care and partnering with patients to help them overcome health challenges.

Because her twins aren’t yet old enough to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Geneviève plans to attend the Match Day festivities virtually from home, with her family by her side.

Future ophthalmologist inspired by immigrant experiences

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Andrew Yang (Courtesy of Yang)

Sen “Andrew” Yang will be among five members of OHSU’s Class of 2022 MDs who already know where they will go for residency training.

He learned Feb. 8 that he would stay in Portland as an ophthalmology resident from OHSU, as ophthalmology is one of the few medical specialties that uses a different residency matching service. The news came with a click on a website at 5 a.m., followed by some celebratory texts and phone calls with family and friends. Even so, Yang still plans to attend OHSU’s Match Day event to commemorate his and his classmates’ accomplishments.

Yang was 8 years old when he, his parents and his younger brother immigrated from China. They were granted asylum from the United States after their relatives were persecuted for private land ownership. Although they only speak Cantonese, Yang’s parents worked hard to ensure that he and his brother could take full advantage of all the opportunities available in their new country.

While living in San Gabriel, California, his interest in medicine was partly sparked by his mother, who worked as a health care aide in skilled nursing facilities. He was pushed further into medicine after realizing that his grandparents received substandard health care in China than his immediate family had in the United States; he also aspires to share his medical skills internationally. He says: “It is also my responsibility to help medicine progress in the rest of the world.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in cell biology from the University of California, Davis, where he also volunteered at a student-run clinic that provides free care to underserved Asian residents. While at OHSU, he also volunteered for the Casey Eye Institute’s Community Outreach Program, which provides free mobile eye exams and screenings for underserved Oregonians. As an ophthalmologist, Yang enjoys helping his patients preserve their sight.

Yang is the first member of his family to go to college. While his immigrant parents helped him pursue his goals with passion and taught him the value of hard work, he also attributes his success to the support of mentors who helped him navigate numerous educational opportunities in the United States. .

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