Michael L. Good, M.D., dean of the UF College of Medicine, provided the ceremony’s opening remarks. He explained for students and their loved ones the effects of stress on memory retention. In short, he said, the surplus of nerves in the room will create a lasting experience for all involved.
“This is a day you won’t forget,” he said. “It’s a wonderful milestone in the journey toward becoming physicians.”
James Duke, M.D. ’85, president of the UF Medical Alumni Affairs Board of Directors, called the ceremony a special rite of passage and a highlight for students embarking on their professional lives.
“You will find that the UF College of Medicine has more than sufficiently prepared you for this next step of your journey,” he said.
Emergency medicine residencies accounted for 17 percent of this year’s matches. Kimberly Swartz matched in emergency medicine at Indiana University. This means she will join her fiancé, who graduated from the UF College of Medicine in 2015, and will begin her residency in Indianapolis.
“I’m very happy and relieved to put an end to my long-distance relationship,” she said. “We will be co-residents together now. It’s amazing.”
Kimberly Papa and two of her classmates will begin residencies at the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville. She said she couldn’t dream of being a resident anywhere else.
“My heart is in Jacksonville. When I did my rotation there, they welcomed me with open arms,” she said. “I’m excited to go back and join their family.”
Weston Bertot was the last student to go onstage and open an envelope. For his patience, he received a gift bag in which each member of his class placed a dollar bill. The gift will come in handy when he moves to Chicago to begin a residency in general surgery at Northwestern University.
“I feel absolutely thrilled to match at my top choice,” he said. “It’s outstanding how well our class did. I’m excited to see what this next generation of Gator doctors will accomplish.”
The UF College of Medicine welcomed 220 new residents in Gainesville and 87 in Jacksonville who will start their training in July.