Phylicia Thomas (DO' 22) March 30, 2022
Match Day 2022
Students from the class of 2022 are celebrating the next step in their professional
journey. Here they share what has inspired them along the way and what advice they
would give to new students.
Where did you match?
Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia, PA
What specialty have you chosen to pursue and why?
Emergency Medicine. I love the team work, daily procedures, variety in clinical cases, caring for individuals
from underserved communities, educating people and fostering environments that help
How did you feel when you found out you matched?
I was ecstatic. The feeling is surreal and one that I cannot fully explain.
What inspired you to pursue medicine?
My curiosity in medicine grew as I accompanied my oldest sister on numerous trips
to the emergency department to treat my nephew’s Sickle Cell Anemia. I was intrigued
by the patient-physician relationship. I found that relationship to be sacred as it
involves one person entrusting their life and care to another's.
What advice would you give to a first year student starting their journey?
Always remember that you belong here, and that you have earned your seat at the table.
The journey will be challenging, and it is important to lean on your support system.
Celebrate every milestone along the way of your medical school journey.
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