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UT medical students' next step revealed on Match Day

155 learn where they will complete their residency program.

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    Michael Makowski, left, and Kristen Schwind show off their acceptance letters during the annual University of Toledo Match Day ceremony at the Stranahan Theater. Makowski is going to Akron General Medical and Schwind is going to Childrens Hospital in Akron.

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    Katrina Weimer shows off her Wisconsin t-shirt after being accepted to the University of Wisconsin SOM and Public Health for family medicine.

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Today is Match Day, when fourth-year medical students from all over the country learn where they will complete their residency program.

As the clock struck noon, University of Toledo students swarmed the tables at the front of the Stranahan Theater Great Hall — eagerly waiting to tear open the envelopes.

The 155 fourth-year medical students from the College of Medicine and Life Sciences matched into positions in 22 specialties. 

More students are staying in Toledo than ever before. Twenty-three will stay at the University of Toledo, up from nine last year; 65 will stay in Ohio and 14 matched with programs in Michigan. Popular specialties include internal medicine, pediatrics, and emergency medicine.

Ryan Johnston is among those sticking around and will enter the emergency medicine residency program at the University of Toledo.

“I brought my draft day hat,” he said, gesturing to the Toledo Rockets cap he wore. “Toledo was our No. 1 choice, so we’re happy to be here.”

Mr. Johnston, who also completed his undergraduate education at UT, said he was drawn to the residency program in part because of the ability to do global health disaster relief as a resident, and because of UT’s academic affiliation with ProMedica. He and his wife Paige said they planned to celebrate later in the day. 

“We do a giant Irish St. Patrick’s Day dinner with my friends every year so we’re going to keep the tradition alive,” he said. 

Match Day is a nationwide program administered by the National Resident Matching Program, which pairs graduating students and academic hospitals based on the preferences of both the students and the medical centers.

Contact Lauren Lindstrom at llindstrom@theblade.com, 419-724-6154, or on Twitter @lelindstrom.

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