Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Celebrates “Match Day”
Class of 2019 Lands Impressive Residencies
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New York, N.Y. – Eagerness and suspense were followed by shrieks of happiness, laughter, hugs and tears of joy on March 15th as the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) Class of 2019 gathered at Match Day parties in Harlem and Middletown to open their envelopes and find out where they will be going on to residencies after graduation to begin their careers as physicians. In total, 244 students across Touro’s Harlem and Middletown campuses were matched.
“It’s an unreal feeling,” said Courtney Greene, beaming with the news that she landed a residency in pediatrics at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson in New Jersey. Greene, who is from Miami, previously graduated from TouroCOM’s one-year M.S. program in Interdisciplinary Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences. The program helps prepare students to take on the rigors of medical school. “I didn’t think I could do medical school, I didn’t think I had a chance, and now I’m matching with my number one program!”
In addition to Robert Wood Johnson, other leading academic medical centers in the Tri-state area receiving TouroCOM graduates include Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Norwell – Lenox Hill Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center, Orange Regional Medical Center, Westchester Medical Center, Maimonides Medical Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and New York Medical College-Metropolitan Hospital Center.
The top choice for residency placements was primary care, with a majority of the class placing into specialties that include family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology.
“We had an outstanding match and we’re very proud of the students. They’ve worked very hard and have done a great job,” said David Forstein, DO, dean of the Harlem campus. “Students are going to very impressive programs -- in pediatrics, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, family medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and ophthalmology. Now they begin to form their professional identities as physicians in a very real way. They’re going from being undifferentiated medical students into medical professionals.”
Executive Dean and Middletown Founding Dean Kenneth Steier, DO, stated, “I am so proud of our graduates from both the Middletown and Harlem campuses. They have matched to some really great residency programs and will go on to do great things.”
Patricia Jean-Charles was very happy to match into family medicine at Bon Secoures St. Francis Medical Center in Richmond, VA, though she expressed a bit of sadness about leaving New York. “I know I have a great opportunity,” she said. “I love the program. They have great staff. It’s a perfect fit.”
Her friend and classmate Maxine Bayol expressed excitement about her match into pediatrics at Good Samaritan Hospital Center on Long Island, where she hails from. “I am extremely happy. I really enjoy being able to care for kids, to help with their families and build those relationships that are long-lasting,” said Bayol.
Danny Choy will be a resident at New York Medical College – Metropolitan Hospital Center in emergency medicine. A native of Miami, Choy served in the Peace Corps in Zambia after college and wants to work in international medicine with a program like Doctors Without Borders. A residency in emergency medicine will equip him well for his goal, he said. “In developing countries physicians are not at the same capacity [that] we are in treating emergency situations, from what I’ve witnessed,” he said. “I want to see what resources they have and combine our knowledge with their resources to the critical situations they see every day.”
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