|Joel and Karen Winner with daughter, Calla.|
The Lincoln native was all smiles Thursday when he announced he would be going to the University of Hawaii Affiliated Hospitals in Honolulu for his psychiatry residency.
On Thursday, Winner and 103 other members of the UNMC College of Medicine Class of 2004 learned where they would spend the next three to six years doing their residency training.
The students matched in 26 states across the country, from Hawaii to Pennsylvania and Washington to Texas. The majority - 38 percent - will remain in Nebraska, at least for their first year of residency. Overall, 60 percent will pursue primary care specialties.
|From left, Alex Cooper, Joe Carmody and Joel Winner with their Match Day letters.|
Winner said the Hawaii program takes only three residents from outside of Hawaii each year, and that he heard about 35 people interviewed for residency positions.
Employed once again
On Thursday, Joe Carmody of Omaha strode to the podium, opened his envelope and said: "This is pretty good. I haven't had a job since 1999." Carmody will do a psychiatry residency at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York.
|Rob Zatechka with his son, Ryan.|
"Our match class was unbelievable," said Michael Wadman, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine at UNMC. "We have a top notch group and, if they stay here, will be great for emergency medicine in Nebraska."
From football to medicine
At 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, Rob Zatechka of Lincoln calls himself "skinny." He was up to 320 pounds when he played football, first for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, then almost five years with the New York Giants and the Jacksonville Jaguars. During an ob/gyn rotation, the former offensive lineman says he met husbands who wanted to talk sports while their wives were in labor. Since he's chosen to specialize in anesthesia, his future patients won't have much time to talk sports. "You only have five to 10 minutes to get that person to trust you," he said.
|Matt Summers, left, and Keith Gautreaux.|
For Keith Gatreaux of Friend, Neb., and Matt Summers of Gibbon, Neb., Match Day had a happy ending - the two friends will be heading west to Colorado to do family medicine residencies through the North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo.
Gatreaux got his undergraduate degree from Wayne State College, while Summers earned his undergraduate degree from Chadron State College. Both entered UNMC through the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP), a program that seeks to identify students who intend to practice medicine in rural communities when they complete their training. Both Gatreaux and Summers are interested in practicing in small communities.
|Allison Cushman-Vokoun with her husband, Chad.|
Match Day was "perfect" for Allison Cushman-Vokoun of Omaha, who will be doing her pathology residency at UNMC. The M.D., Ph.D. student is married to Chad Vokoun, M.D., chief resident in UNMC's Department of Internal Medicine, who will have a full-time faculty position at UNMC next year.
"Omaha was the only place I wanted to go for my residency," Cushman-Vokoun said. "We've been on different schedules with me going through the M.D., Ph.D. program, but now the timing is perfect. He'll be starting his new faculty position, and I'll be starting my residency. It couldn't be better."
Highs and lows
|Joe and Cathy Todero with their daughter, Gina.|
Todero was hoping to land her pediatric residency at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughter in Norfolk, Va. Her boy friend, Casey Mangine, lives in Norfolk and is a pilot in the U.S. Navy. Instead, Todero found out she matched at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis.
|Kathleen Brennan, left, and Rachel Akerman review match day results.|
Todero called Mangine after hearing she didn't match to Norfolk. Mangine planned to fly back to Omaha this weekend to provide moral support. Todero said she hopes to transfer to Norfolk after she finishes the first year of her three-year residency, noting that sometimes such requests are honored.
Mangine, a second lieutenant in the Navy, is scheduled to go to Iraq in January for a six-month stint flying Nighthawk helicopters. Todero and Mangine met last year when Mangine came to Omaha to visit his friend, Joe Mueller, a third-year medical student at UNMC.
|Michael Borunda is bound for Columbus, Ohio.|
After quitting school, Borunda eventually joined the U.S. Air Force, where he said he learned the benefits of taking personal responsibility for yourself and hard work; making sacrifices to reach your goals, and realizing that no matter what you'd done in the past, the present is an opportunity to choose a different path. He attended five different colleges as a part-time student during six years in the Air Force. He left the military and attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney as a full-time student, before entering medical school.
Calling Omaha - from Tanzania
Midway through the Match Day ceremony, Gerald Moore, M.D., associate dean of the College of Medicine, received a long-distance call from Tanzania from fourth-year medical students Nancy Parks and John Frerichs. The two, who are on vacation after finishing last month's elective course in South Africa, learned they would do surgical residencies, respectively, at the University of California-San Francisco/Fresno and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
|Sherritta Toler with her husband, Damon, and son, Mason.|
"Being married during medical school is difficult," Toler said. "It's almost as if you're cheating on your spouse because the other person dominating your life is a school."
The couple had a baby boy, Mason, on Jan. 11.
International medical missions
|From left, Jan Tompkins, clinical education coordinator, UNMC medical technology; Marc Tompkins; Christine Aita, M.D.; and Virginia Aita, Ph.D., assistant professor, UNMC Preventive & Societal Medicine.|
In May, Tompkins, the son of a Grand Island physician and mother who teaches medical technology for UNMC, will marry Christine Aita, M.D., a 2002 graduate of the College of Medicine. After completing respective residencies, the couple anticipates joining Doctors without Borders or some other agency dedicated to medical service among the world's most traumatized populations. Eventually, they plan to return to Nebraska and raise a family.
Patience pays off
Nearly an hour passed before Michael Bauer learned his Match Day fate. In this case, being patient paid off for the Culbertson, Neb, native who walked away with a basket of money - courtesy of a UNMC tradition where each 'matching' medical student contributes $1. As the last match of the day, Bauer, who will do a surgical residency at Mount Carmel Health in Columbus, Ohio, claimed the prize.