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Every year, medical students across the country anxiously await the day in March that will bring them news of where they will continue their clinical training. On “Match Day” of 2021, 223 aspiring physicians learned of their acceptance into a residency program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In this month’s Look Who’s Talking, we bring you videos, tweets and more from Match Day 2021 and from Match Days in previous years.

The celebration began early, with former residents reminiscing about Match Days past. Whether it was three, four, or six years ago, the day left lasting memories for the Brigham-trained doctors.

Lachelle Dawn Weeks, MD, PhD, now a Hematology/Oncology fellow at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, gleefully joined the Brigham’s Internal Medicine residency program in 2015.

In 2017, Aryenne Adams, MD, MPH, made what she describes as “the best decision” in choosing to train at the Brigham.

The “ugly cry” Adams referenced is an annual tradition. Chief medical resident Christina Meade, MD, shared hers from 2018.

Current residents revisited fond memories as well. The Zoom-based festivity that H. Moses Murdock, MD, enjoyed when he matched in Internal Medicine last year is, by now, a norm.

And for an elated Hanna Vollbrecht, MD, “I’m going to Brigham” was all that needed to be said.

Jonathan Fried, MD, MPP, currently a Primary Care and Population Medicine resident, delivered a musical greeting to the newest generation of physicians.

Not long afterwards, Chris Calkins, MD, found out he will follow in Fried’s footsteps by joining the Brigham Residency Program in Primary Care and Population Medicine at Atrius Health and the Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute.

Dereck Paul, MD, shared the moment with loved ones over Zoom, thanking the “village” that supported him along his path toward matching with the Brigham’s Internal Medicine Program.

Those he expressed gratitude toward included Valerie Stone, MD, MPH, the vice chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Department of Medicine, and Joel Katz, MD, director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and vice chair for education in the Department of Medicine. Both are active advocates for equity in medicine and helped ensure that nearly one-third of the new residents are individuals underrepresented in medicine or from diverse backgrounds.

Alongside numerous other advocates, current Internal Medicine residents Duaa AbdelHameid, MD, and David Alejandro Sanchez, MD, helped advance the Brigham’s commitment to increasing diversity.

For Sanchez, news of greater representation was “the best birthday present.”

“Honored, thrilled, and happy” were the words Daniel Roffe Vazquez, MD, used to describe his reaction to his acceptance into the Mass General Brigham Neurology Residency.

Leela Chakravarti Dilley will join the program as well — and her husband will be nearby!

The Brigham collaborates with other hospitals to provide residents with the most robust training available. Anna Cassell joins the Harvard Medicine-Pediatric Residency Program at the Brigham and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Of those accepted to Brigham residency programs, 78 will train in Internal Medicine. They include Amira Barkal, Ziad Bakouny, MD, and Abby Schiff, PhD.

Each year, the National Resident Matching Program also aims to put couples in placements near each other. Chris Cai, MD, and Hannah Borowsky, MD, will take on their Internal Medicine residency together!

Congratulations to all those embarking on the next stages of their careers, and welcome to the Brigham family!


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