Match Day 2019 Recognized with First On-Campus EventMarch 20, 2019
DO and PsyD students celebrated the next phase of their medical careers as they
learned their residency matches.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) marked the National Residency Match Program (NRMP)’s Match Day with a full day of
events, including a first-ever on campus celebration that brought together Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) students who participated in earlier matches such as the Military Graduate Medical
Education Match, the American Osteopathic Association Intern/Resident Registration
Program (AOA) and those who were awaiting the results of the NRMP Match.
In the afternoon, the lobby and mezzanine of Evans Hall were filled with students
and family eager to celebrate the next phase in their medical careers. The event featured
remarks by student groups and honored those who had participated in the earlier matches
by asking them to pin their residency locations on a special map. Also honored was
Thomas LeNoir (DO ’19) winner of the Invest in Your Future Award, which provides funds
to help offset the financial costs of starting a new residency.
Joan Grzybowski, DO ’87, assistant professor, family medicine and current president of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic
Medical Association, remarked that the group was “a gathering of the nation’s greatest
“To be here today,” she continued, “means that you have accomplished every task put
in front of you, and that you have worked very hard.”
Michael Becker, DO ’87, MS, assistant dean, clerkship education, shared a different interpretation of what
the “match” in Match Day meant to him.
“The sticks of a match are your loved ones, your teachers here at PCOM, who have all
provided you with a strong foundation to begin your careers,” and spark the fuse of
success, he explained.
At 1 pm, Evans Hall erupted in cheers, applause, hugs and some happy tears, as students
who participated in the NRMP Match finally learned where they would be going for their
An evening event, hosted by the PCOM Alumni Association at Lucky Strike in Philadelphia offered another opportunity to celebrate matches
for students in the DO and Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD) programs. At the event, students received commemorative “I Matched” t-shirts,
took photos at a designated photo booth with props, and partook in bowling, pool and
various other games.
DO and PsyD students reported moving on to residencies and internships at institutions
such as Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia; Inspira Health Network in southern
New Jersey; UPMC in Pittsburgh; and Wellspan Philhaven, a network of behavioral health
providers in central Pennsylvania.
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