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Thursday March 17 was Match Day, the annual event when UW School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) graduates, as well as medical students across the country, applying for residencies through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) discover where they will launch their residency experience.

The match process begins long before the highly anticipated Match Day. After deciding what medical specialty to pursue, students complete the NRMP application packet which includes submitting transcripts, grades, letters of recommendation, exam performance, and personal statement. Each student then applies to the residency programs of interest. The residency programs invite students of interest to interviews, a process that generally takes place October through January. Both students and residency programs submit lists ranking their top choices and the NRMP computer matches applicants and programs.

Students are notified if they did not match to a program on the Monday prior to Match Day. On Tuesday, those who did not match have the opportunity to participate in ‘the scramble.’ Unmatched students try to secure residency spots which did not fill during the match process. But it is not until Thursday, Match Day, that the match results are announced to students and their families and friends who have come to support them.

At the UWSMPH, Match Day ceremonies began at 10:00 a.m. with an awards program to recognize faculty, residents and staff that have worked with them over the years. The class screened a video they produced which featured memorable moments from throughout their four years of medical school. Finally, at 11:00 a.m. the results were released. Envelopes containing the results were drawn one at a time and each student approached the front of the auditorium, opened their envelope and announced to all in attendance where they would be training. It was truly an exciting time!


This year, 18 UWSMPH students matched into categorical surgery residencies. Seven students matched to categorical General Surgery Programs; one student matched to Otolaryngology; two student matched to Urology; and five matched to Orthopedics. An additional three students matched into preliminary surgery positions. Graduating UWSMPH medical students, Patrick Shebino, Anuoluwapo Elegbede, Erica Knavel and Matthew Lee will begin General Surgery residency training at the University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery in June.

Other graduates and residents pursuing surgical training at the University of Wisconsin include:

General Surgery

Rebecca Busch – Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
Lane Frasier – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Walker Julliard – University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
Anne-Lise Maag – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Michael Nabozny – University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
Ryan Schmocker – Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.


Anuoluwapo Elegbede – University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisc.
Patrick Shebino – University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisc.

We also will have 2 Radiology residents do their General Surgery internship with the Department of Surgery

Erica Knavel – University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisc.
Matthew Lee – University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisc.


Christopher Britt – St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.
Jacob Feldman – University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
Swapna Musunuru – Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.


Jessica Secor – Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio


Jenny Chen – Indiana University School of Medicine, Bloomington, Ind.
Amanda Nelson – University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Wash.

Transplant Surgery Fellows

Christopher Kenney, MD, PhD – University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
Phillip Weems, MD – University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Ala.


Wassim Abi Jaoude, MD – Fellow – SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York

Additional photos from the big day!







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