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Inaugural Class Celebrates PURCH Track's First Residency Match Day

March 19, 2021
PURCH Track Residency Match

PURCH Class of 2021 Successfully Matches to Residency Programs

The Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health (PURCH) track reached a milestone today as it celebrated Residency Match day with its inaugural class of students.

All PURCH students graduating in 2021 successfully matched to a categorical residency program.

Three graduating PURCH students will be returning to Baystate Health in July for their residency programs. A total of six will remain in Massachusetts for residency training.

And eleven of the fifteen are entering primary care which is experiencing a nationwide shortage of physicians.

Where the New Physicians Will Begin Residency Training

Andrew Boylan

Internal Medicine
George Washington University, Washington, DC
Colton Conrad
Emergency Medicine
UMMS-Baystate, Springfield, MA
Juliana Dixon
Family Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX
Kirstin Lee
Family Medicine  Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA
Wendy Ma
Internal Medicine
University of Miami/Jackson Health System, Miami, FL
Poornima Manikantan
Internal Medicine  Stony Brook Teaching Hospital, Stony Brook, NY
Elisabeth McGovern
Childrens Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Caleb Noone
Emergency Medicine
UMMS-Baystate, Springfield, MA
Kathryn Norman
Internal Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Afua Nti
Internal Medicine
University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
Laura Schwartz
Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI
Alay Shah
General Surgery
St Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, NY
Daniel Wenzel
Transitional year
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Kevin White
Internal Medicine
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
Amanda Whitehouse
UMMS-Baystate, Springfield, MA

The very first student admitted into the PURCH track, Kevin White, was also the first to learn his residency destination through the military match in January.

About The Match Process

Match Day, held annually on the third Friday of March, is when graduating medical students learn where they will do their residency training.

During their final year of medical school, students apply to, and interview with, residency programs of their choice. Then applicants and program directors rank each other in order of preference. The National Resident Matching Program uses a computerized mathematical algorithm to match applicants with programs. Applicants receive an envelope with their match results—this year an email as well—which the NRMP mandates cannot be opened before noon. Research using the NRMP algorithm was a basis for awarding The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 2012.