Ethan Holland and Esther Blondeau-Lecomte will begin their residencies at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center-Memphis, where Holland will specialize in psychiatry and Blondeau-Lecomte in internal medicine-pediatrics. They participated in the couples matching process, during which they consulted one another on which institutions to rank based on their feelings regarding different programs and locations.
“It was nice to have someone going through the exact same thing as me, and we could just bounce ideas off each other,” Blondeau-Lecomte said. “There’s a person to support you through the whole process who gets it.”
After getting to know one another as peers, Holland and Blondeau-Lecomte began dating as second-year students, with a first date at Gainesville’s One Love Cafe. Both entered medical school without a clear idea of what they wanted to specialize in, but found their interests became clear during clinical rotations.
“I had a psychiatry rotation fairly early on in my third year, and I didn’t know that much about it, so it wasn’t really on my radar,” Holland said. “But then I just ended up really loving that rotation and loved working with that patient group and seeing the effect that improving their mental health had on their overall well-being.”
Blondeau-Lecomte likes that she will be working with both adult and pediatric patients through her combined internal medicine and pediatrics training.
“I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running,” she said. “I’ve learned a tremendous amount working here with our residents, our attendings and fellow medical students, and I’m excited to be the one making the decisions, putting in the orders and doing the work. I think it’s going to be really rewarding to put into practice what we have been learning for the past four years.”