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Match Day: 68 future physicians at the UH medical school “match” into post-medical school “MD Residency” training programs today

Date: March 19th, 2021 in IN THE NEWS, JABSOM News, Student Life, UH Manoa    Print or PDF

MD Class of 2021

Pictured: Some of the members of the MD 2021 class on Match Day. Deborah Manog Dimaya photo.

59% of the MD Class of 2021 will train in primary care specialities

Coverage by Deborah Manog Dimaya, Paula Bender and Vina Cristobal

Match Day begins the culmination of a student’s medical school journey. The long journey includes meeting and respecting their first patient in the anatomy lab, spending late nights studying, and making personal sacrifices — e.g., missed birthdays and holiday gatherings. There are numerous moments of wonderment, pride and respect: delivering the first baby, seeing patients in the hospital recover, and caring for patients throughout all phases of life and across numerous settings. Today, future physicians across the nation, including those at the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine (UH JABSOM) found out where they will spend the next three to five years training as MD residents.

How do students “match?”
Medical students spend the last two years of medical school in hospitals and clinics rotating through different specialties. They spend the final year applying to and interviewing with different residency programs to become a specialist in one of these disciplines. The applicants and program directors rank each other in order of preference and submit these lists to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), which uses a computer algorithm to match applicants and programs. At 6:00 a.m. Hawaii Standard Time (12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time) on March 19, 2021, fourth-year medical students across the country opened their envelopes (or an email) to find out to which program they’ve been matched. The NRMP says this year was the largest in its history of 42,508 applicants.

The first hybrid JABSOM Match Day

Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the event to go fully online. This year, JABSOM held a hybrid ceremony where students could elect to either have a safe, socially-distanced and masked Match Day ceremony on campus or stay at home with their families and join virtually.

“For med students, today is the most important day of our careers, and we’re really grateful to be able to do that safely and all together,” said Nicole Anzai, MD 2021 candidate and class president.

Match Day 2021 is the first hybrid in-person and virtual special event at JABSOM in a year, since the first stay-at-home COVID orders. The event has been limited to students, a few faculty and staff to stay well-under the capacity of the large auditorium, with strict distancing rules enforced throughout while others watched the livestream on Zoom and YouTube. All in attendance have been fully vaccinated.

Our students overwhelmingly choose primary care (59%)

Primary care continues to be a main point of interest for JABSOM students. At the UH medical school, 68 members of the graduating class matched into 15 different medical specialties in 16 states including Hawaiʻi. More than half of the students are going to be doctors who provide the first contact for the majority of patients, including specialties with significant shortages (these include internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics-gynecology). More than ¾ of the class is either staying home or sticking close to home on the west coast (Hawaiʻi: 27, California: 17, Oregon: 2, Washington 7).

Edy Kaleimomi Gomes

Edy Kaleimomi Gomes throws two shakas after finding out she got matched to the University of Hawaii Family Medicine Residency Program. Sarah Murayama photo.

Below is the breakdown of students by specialty:
Internal Medicine: 21
Family Medicine: 9
Pediatrics: 4
Psychiatry: 4
General Surgery: 5
Obstetrics-Gynecology: 4
Emergency Medicine: 2
Anesthesiology: 6
Dermatology: 1
Neurology: 2
Neurosurgery: 2
Ophthalmology: 1
Pathology: 3
Radiology: 3
Radiology-Interventional: 1

The Match List University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine – Class of 2021:
1. Charles Akiona, UCLA Med Ctr-CA, Anesthesiology in Los Angeles, CA
2. Lucia Amore, Swedish Med Ctr-WA, Family Med/ID Clinic in Seattle, WA
3. Nicole Anzai, NYU Grossman School of Medicine-NY, Psychiatry/Child/Research in New York, NY
4. Malia Brennan, U Washington Affil Hosps, General Surgery in Seattle, WA
5. David George Camacho, Virginia Mason Med Ctr-WA (transitional) and U Washington Affil osps, Radiology-Diagnostic in Seattle, WA
6. Max Castanera. Tacoma Family Med-WA, Family Medicine in Tacoma, WA
7. Bolin Chang, University of Hawaiʻi, Internal Medicine in Honolulu, HI
8. Bryce Chang, Mayo Clinic School of Grad Med Educ-MN, Neurology in Rochester, MN
9. Karen Chang, Kaiser Permanente Hawaiʻi, Internal Medicine in Honolulu, HI
10. Julie Crocker, Orgeon Health & Science University, Med-Prelim/Neurology in Portland, OR
11. Wilfred Del Mundo, Riverside Community Hospital-CA (transitional) in Riverside, CA and Indiana University SOM (Radiology-Diagnostic) in Indianopolis, IN
12. Norma Elizaga, University of Hawaiʻi, General Surgery in Honolulu, HI
13. Mayumi Fernandez, University of Hawaiʻi, Pathology in Honolulu, HI
14. Joshua Freitas, UC Davis Med Ctr-CA, Internal Medicine in Sacramento, CA
15. Arash Ghaffari-Rafi, UC Davis Med Ctr-CA, Neurological Surgery in Sacramento, CA
16. Edy Kalei Gomes, University of Hawaiʻi, Family Medicine in Aiea, HI
17. Mari Grief, University of Hawaiʻi, Pediatrics in Honolulu, HI
18. Mark Guirguis, UCLA Med Ctr-CA, Anesthesiology, Los Angeles, CA
19. Faith Hamamura, Loma Linda University-CA, Pediatrics in Loma Linda, CA
20. Holly Harada, UC Davis Med Ctr-CA, Medicine-Primary in Sacramento, CA
21. William Harris, U Colorado SOM-Denver, Neurological Surgery in Aurora, CA
22. Sara Hayama, University of Hawaiʻi, Pathology in Honolulu, HI
23. Kori Higashiya, Loma Linda University-CA (Medicine-Preliminary in Loma Linda, CA and Santa Barbara Cottage Hosp-CA (Radiology Diagnostic) in Santa Barbara, CA
24. Wakako Horiuchi, MedStar Washington Hosp-CA, Obstetrics-Gynecology in Washington, DC
25. Jonathan Huang, U Cincinnati Med Ctr-OH, Internal Medicine in Cincinnati, OH
26. Chase Hwang, University of Hawaiʻi, Pathology in Honolulu, HI
27. Sophia Jimenez, St Davids Healthcare GME-TX, General Surgery in Austin, TX
28. Russell Kackley, Adventist Health Ukiah Valley, Family Medicine, Ukiah, CA
29. Kameko Karasaki, University of Hawaiʻi, General Surgery in Honolulu, HI
30. Cherisse Kamamura, University of Hawaiʻi, Family Medicine in Aiea, HI
31. Andrew Ko, Henry Ford Hospital-MI (transitional) in Detroit, MI and George Washington Univ-DC (interventional radiology) in Washington, DC
32. Roxanne Ko, NYP Hosp-Columbia Univ Med Ctr-NY, Family Medicine in New York, NY
33. Landon Kozai, University of Hawaiʻi, Internal Medicine in Honolulu, HI
34. Selin Kutlu, University of Hawaiʻi, Obstetrics-Gynecology in Honolulu, HI
35. Laurence Lea Lacar, University of Hawaiʻi, Obstetrics-Gynecology in Honolulu, HI
36. Esta Lai, U Washington Affil Hosps, Family Medicine, Seattle, WA
37. Jerrick Laimana, Kaiser Permanente, Internal Medicine in Honolulu, HI
38. Tiffany Lau, University of Hawaiʻi, Pediatrics in Honolulu, HI
39. Griffin Lee, UC Davis Med Ctr-CA, Anesthesiology in Sacramento, CA
40. Rebecca Lian, UC San Diego Med Ctr-CA, Medicine-Prelim and Ophthalmology in San Diego, CA
41. Michael Meno, U Washington Affil Hosps, Internal Medicine in Seattle, WA
42. Heather Miura, University of Hawaiʻi, Psychiatry in Honolulu, HI
43. Taryn Miyake, University of Hawaiʻi, Internal Medicine in Honolulu, HI
44. Gabriel Monti, Oregon Health & Science Univ, Internal Medicine in Portland, OR
45. Rui Morimoto, University of Hawaiʻi, Family Medicine in Aiea, HI
46. Daniella Rhodora Orias, University of Hawaiʻi, Family Medicine in Aiea, HI
47. Shaun Pak, UCLA Med Ctr-CA, Anesthesiology, Los Angeles, CA
48. Taylor Peter-Bibb, George Washington Univ-DC, Emergency Medicine, Washington, DC
49. Andrew Pham, University of Hawaiʻi, Internal Medicine in Honolulu, HI
50. Nolwenn Phan, U Washington Affil Hosps, Anesthesiology/Clin Base Yr in Seattle, WA
51. Kelly Quinn, Kaiser Permanente-Los Angeles-CA, Internal Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
52. Raja Haris Rizwan, University of Hawaiʻi, Internal Medicine in Honolulu, HI
53. Darreon Schwartz, Tucson Hospitals Med Ed-AZ (transitional) in Tucson, AZ and Johns Hopkins Hosp-MD (Anesthesiology) in Baltimore, MD
54. Elisabeth Seamon, SUNY Upstate Med-University, Obstetrics-Gynecology in Syracuse, NY
55. Alexander Shin, University of Hawaiʻi, Psychiatry in Honolulu, HI
56. Josiah Situmeang, University of Utah Health, Interntal Medicine in Salt Lake City, UT
57. Shirley So, CA Pacific Med Center, Internal Medicine in San Francisco, CA
58. Danielle Sullivan, Riverside Community Hospital-CA (transitional) in Riverside, CA and Indiana University SOM (Dermatology) in Indianopolis, IN
59. Max Sunoo, Orlando Health-FL, Emergency Medicine in Orlando, FL
60. Reese Suzuki, Kaiser Permanente Hawai’i, Internal Medicine in Honolulu, HI
61. Kadee-Kalia Tamashiro, UC San Francisco-Fresno-CA, General Surgery in Fresno, CA
62. Mari Ueno, University of Hawaiʻi, Pediatrics in Honolulu, HI
63. Chase Warashina, University of Hawaiʻi, Internal Medicine in Honolulu, HI
64. Amanda Wasko, University of Hawaiʻi, Internal Medicine in Honolulu, HI
65. Jana Wieland, Mayo Clinic School of Grad Med Educ-MN, Internal Medicine in Rochester, MN
66. Shelley Wong, University of Hawaiʻi, Psychiatry in Honolulu, HI
67. Ruiyang Yi, Baylor Coll Med-Houston-TX, Medicine-Medical Genetics in Houston, TX
68. Chelsea Yin, Kaiser Permanente-Oakland-CA, Internal Medicine/MPH in Oakland, CA

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