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Mar 16, 2006    #051
Contact: Noemi Rojas
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Young doctors-to-be get first glimpses into their futures

Sachin Shridharani, 24, let out a roaring bellow. His body seemed to go limp as he threw up his arms, tears welling in his eyes. His family embraced him.

Shridharani of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine was one of thousands of graduating medical students across the country who, on March 16, screamed and wept at the news of their residency assignments.

“This feeling is indescribable,” said Shridharani of Warrensburg, Mo.

He was accepted into the Johns Hopkins Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery integrated program in Baltimore, MD. He seized one of only 88 available plastic surgery residency spots in the nation for students fresh out of medical school.

Shridharani is the second student in UMKC’s history to be accepted into the ultra competitive program at Johns Hopkins.

“It’s the most fulfilling academic achievement I’ve ever had,” he said.

Each year, students graduating from the UMKC School of Medicine participate in Match Day, the day in which med students across the country receive letters from the National Residency Match Program.

Approximately 16,000 U.S. allopathic medical school seniors and 15,000 graduates of osteopathic, Canadian or foreign medical schools compete for approximately 24,000 residency positions every year.

At UMKC, more than 80 medical students packed Theater A at the School of Medicine, along with family, friends and spouses.

Jay Shah, 23, asked his docent professor, Dr. David Wooldridge, to open his match letter for him. The letter said Jay is going to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for a residency in internal medicine.

“It’s one of the most prestigious institutions out there,” Jay said. “I’m probably going to specialize in cardiology.”

Kavita Shah, 23, is going to Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix for residency in internal medicine/pediatrics. But before that, like many of her peers, she plans to travel abroad. Kavita is looking forward to spending time in India, her parents’ home country.

Other places of residency for UMKC students this year include the University of California-San Francisco, University of California-Irvine, Loyola University in Chicago, Emery University School of Medicine in Atlanta, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, University of Hawaii, University of Kansas School of Medicine, UMKC, and others.

Thirty of UMKC’s 82 matches will stay in Missouri for their residencies.

The UMKC School of Medicine also offers residency training in 15 specialties and 19 subspecialty residency programs. The school partners with Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, Truman Medical Centers, Western Missouri Mental Health Center and the Kansas City VA Hospital. For more information on the UMKC School of Medicine, visit www.umkc.edu/medicine

This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).

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