March 20, 2020 — For Xiomara Brioso Rubio, a fourth-year UF medical student and a first-generation college student in her family, matching into a residency means more than where she will spend the next handful of years training. It’s the culmination of the determination and drive exercised by her entire family, who moved from Peru when Brioso Rubio was a child to obtain access to American education and health care.
Under normal circumstances, Brioso Rubio’s family would attend the UF College of Medicine’s ceremony and then host a family gathering for Match Day. Amid concerns of the COVID-19 virus spreading rapidly around the globe, however, Brioso Rubio and her immediate family will celebrate from the confines of their own home, and she will share the results of her match with her classmates virtually.
“It is extremely saddening that celebrations of not only my hard work but my family’s will be overshadowed by this health crisis. However, as part of the medical community, I understand the severity of the situation and the need for cancellations,” Brioso Rubio says. “I feel so proud to be part of a community of selfless individuals who are putting their fears and emotions aside and going in to work every morning to look after their patients.”
Pride is top of mind for associate dean for student affairs Patrick Duff, M.D., as well, as he shares news that each and every member of the UF College of Medicine class of 2020 successfully matched into a residency program in the specialty of their choice. He says this is a great accomplishment, as a relatively fixed number of available residency positions and increasing numbers of graduates have created a competitive and uncertain environment for graduate medical education.
“This is the first year in recent memory that all of the UF graduates have found secure residency positions by the end of Match Week,” Duff says. “This successful outcome is certainly a tribute to the excellent academic records of our students.”