An Exciting Day

AUC Benji_0244Do you remember when you were a kid and wondered what you will be when you grew up? Well, today is that special day when many of my medical colleagues find out. It’s Match Day! Congratulations to all those who matched this year. I am truly impressed by the matches AUC graduates have placed this year. Going through my Facebook, I see my colleagues matching into residencies of all specialties, from my own specialty of Family Medicine, to Surgery and Internal Medicine. I am especially impressed to see my Caribbean colleagues getting into highly competitive fields like radiology, anesthesia, and orthopedic surgery, and proud of being an alumnus of a medical school who helped these highly motivated and talented individuals to achieve their dreams, when others may not have before.  Reading where everyone matched made me relive the excitement and happiness I felt when I matched 2 years ago, and be thankful for the opportunity AUC gave me to be where I am today.

Being on the other side of the Match, today was an exciting day for my Family Medicine colleagues and me too, but for different reasons. After many months of meeting new faces, and countless interview lunches and dinners with applicants, today was the day we found out which 8 new incoming interns we will be working with next year. Probably like the people matching, my fellow residents and I also waited anxiously for 1 o’clock to hit to receive our email with the names of our new colleagues. I am happy with our new draft and look forward to working with them.

At the same time, I am sure there are several people who did not match, for whatever the reason may be. There are those who have to go through the match over and over without guarantee of any better chances the next round. I feel for them, and it makes me realize the importance of appreciating what we have as residents, especially coming from the Caribbean. While residency may be a tough and challenging experience, it is not fair for us to complain about this when we know others would do anything to be where we are now. Every experience that makes us struggle also makes us grow. “Embrace the suck.” We know that from med school, and for all those who have matched today, the same applies for residency. Let’s not forget this.

Congratulations everyone, and best of luck in residency!

Number of AUC 2016 Matches by Specialty:

  • Family Medicine – 82
  • Internal Medicine – 80
  • Pediatrics – 27
  • Psychiatry – 24
  • Anesthesiology – 15
  • Med Prelim/Primary – 10
  • General Surgery – 9
  • Surgery Prelim – 7
  • Emergency Medicine – 7
  • Neurology – 5
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – 5
  • Pathology – 4
  • Radiology – 4
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology – 3
  • Child Neurology – 1
  • Med-Peds – 1
  • Med-Psych – 1
  • Orthopedic Surgery – 1
  • Neuropathology – 1

Total: 287 matches

Check out AUC’s 2016 Match list here.


7 comments to An Exciting Day

  • Michael

    Hey Benji,

    I was wondering how many students enter AUC every year?

    • Benji Ho

      This varies from year to year. When I was on the island, there was around 200 students during September semester, 100 students during May semester, and 100 students during January semester. However, that was back in 2009, 2010. I’m sure the student population has increased since them, especially since they expanded campus. Contact the school for more info.

  • Allen wang

    Good to see another fellow AUC alumni , I am also FP trained

  • Joe

    Hi Benji,

    It’s been well-documented that Asian applicants need higher MCAT scores and GPA compared to other races to matriculate into American medicals schools. Do you think this bias also exists for residency programs? I ask since I’m Asian-American, and worried that attending a Caribbean school already places me at a disadvantage, and I’m wondering if race will be a factor as well.

    • Benji Ho

      Hi Joe,
      I’ve never heard of this. I certainly did not feel bias just because of my race when it comes to applying for residency. As long as you score well on your licensing exams, show good work ethics, have a good personality, and not have any red flags on your application, residency programs would be interested in you.

  • Lid

    Hi Benji,

    Your blog is so helpful! I was wondering if you have any current AUC student contacts? Hope to ask a few questions.

    • Benji Ho

      Hi Lid,
      I would get in contact with the school’s admission department, and they will be more than happy to refer you to a current student.

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