Match Day ceremony marks new chapter in the lives of USC School of Medicine students

For fourth-year medical students at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine — and thousands of medical students across the country — Match Day was one of the most anticipated days in their medical careers.

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USC School of Medicine fourth-year student Joe Collins is surrounded by family as he places a pin on Columbia, S.C., during Match Day ceremonies. He will practice internal medicine at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital.

During a March 15 Match Day ceremony inside The Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium, students from USC School of Medicine’s Class of 2013 learned their fate as future physicians.

Members of the Class of 2013 came forward one-by-one to open an envelope that revealed their future specialty in medicine and the location where they will begin residency training.

“Match Day is a milestone event for our medical students and a launching point in their careers,” said Richard Hoppmann, M.D., dean of the USC School of Medicine. “The Class of 2013 continued a tradition of excellence at the School of Medicine by matching in exceptional residency programs in South Carolina and throughout the country.”

Nearly half of the students who matched did so in the primary care specialties of family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics. Additionally, more than two thirds matched in primary care, emergency medicine, psychiatry or OB/GYN, which are all underrepresented in South Carolina.

USC medical student Joe Collins matched in internal medicine at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia – his first choice. For him, the decision to enter internal medicine is personal.

“I lost my father to cancer in 2000,” said Collins. “I want to be an oncologist and must train in internal medicine first.”

To Collins benefit, the internal medicine residency training program at USC School of Medicine/Palmetto Health was a perfect fit for his future medical interests. A father of three children, he is ready to start the next chapter in his medical career.

“Match Day surpassed my expectations,” said Collins. “I was excited to have my family here and share in this experience with all of my classmates.”

Daniel Hindman, a fellow member of the Class of 2013, also plans to enter primary care medicine. He matched at Johns Hopkins Medicine’s internal medicine-pediatric residency program.

“I have a heart to serve the community and my residency match is a great fit,” said Hindman.

Match Day is celebrated by graduating medical students throughout the country who learn simultaneously where they will complete their residency training. The National Resident Matching Program uses a computer algorithm to match student preferences with residency-training programs in teaching hospitals across the United States.

March 18, 2013