It’s worth the wait – UMB News – Natural Self Esteem

After years of hard work and unwavering perseverance, medical students from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) gathered at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on March 18, 2022 to participate in this year’s Match Day ceremony. At this annual ceremony, medical graduates from across the country and from UMSOM discover where they will begin their careers as doctors. This year was particularly significant because it was the first in-person celebration with family and friends since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The long-awaited day was worth the wait as students were finally able to reflect and celebrate their milestone achievement.

“This year’s ceremony signals a slow but steady return to normalcy. Whatever is in those golden envelopes will open up a whole new world of possibilities for every student,called Kerri Thom, MD, MS, Associate Dean for Student Affairs at UMSOM. “Our students’ medical education was disrupted and they entered the clinical realm at the height of uncertainty. The entire practice of medicine has changed and these students are at the forefront, but I’m sure they’re ready to take on any challenge.”

Kerri Thom, MD, MS

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) has reported that the 2022 National Main Residency Match was the largest in the history of the NRMP, with a total of 39,205 positions offered and 36,277 positions offered in the first year (PGY-1), an increase of 3, 1% compared to the previous year.

Kelly Bridgeham, MD '22
Kelly Bridgeham, MD ’22

This year, 145 UMSOM students matched at 69 different healthcare facilities in 25 states, compared to 68 different hospitals in 25 states in 2021. A full 24% (35/145) of the Class of 2022 will remain in the state of Maryland for their residency, compared with 59% (84/142) in 2021.

Among the graduates of the UMSOM is Kelly Bridgeham, MD ’22. She came to UMSOM after a year of research at Johns Hopkins University. “It just so happened that I had an interview here at UMSOM first, but I knew straight away that it was the right thing for me. Looking back over the past four years, I couldn’t have asked for a better institution for my medical education,” she said. Kelly plans a career in academic medicine that will further her passion for teaching, leadership and research. She mated at Thomas Jefferson University in Otorhinolaryngology.

Jordan Tutnauer, MD '22
Jordan Tutnauer, MD ’22

Jordan Tutnauer, MD ’22 initially developed an interest in medicine after volunteering at local hospitals during his undergraduate studies. “I watched how doctors treated their patients; I was immediately drawn to it and knew that practicing medicine was something I wanted to do,” he said. “I love the fact that I’m going to help make someone else’s life better.” Jordan plans to work with the underserved patient group. He is transferred to Temple University Hospital for residency in internal medicine. This summer he plans to travel internationally and focus on planning his wedding to Kelly Bridgham. They recently got engaged in October last year.

Serge Tzeuton, MD '22
Serge Tzeuton, MD ’22

for Serge Tzeuton, MD ’22, his vocation to medicine was very personal. “My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was completing my undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). From that moment on, I felt inspired to work hard to get accepted into medical school,” he said. “After seeing what my mother was fighting against, I decided I wanted to be the person who helped other people’s parents heal and recover from chronic diseases.” Serge plans to pursue his research interests and dive into To deepen outreach opportunities, particularly in underserved communities. He will remain here in Baltimore at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) for residency in orthopedic surgery.

Ashling Zhang, MD '22
Ashling Zhang, MD ’22

Ashling Zhang, MD ’22, began her bachelor’s degree with a focus on chemistry; However, she was quickly drawn to global health studies. “I had the privilege of studying abroad and assisting in global health research, realizing that my interest alone was not enough to make a difference. Knowing this, I was determined to pursue a career in medicine, to be part of a solution to the problems I had worked so hard on,” she said. “I’m so grateful to the university for believing in the potential of the aspiring student I was four years ago and giving me the opportunity to begin this journey in medicine.” Ashling will be in Baltimore this summer start specialist training in general surgery at the UMMC. She plans to continue working on trauma research and contributing to public and global health projects.

Natalie Hesselgrave, PhD '20, MD '22
Natalie Hesselgrave, PhD ’20, MD ’22

As a non-traditional medical student Natalie Hesselgrave, PhD ’20, MD ’22, maintains an active life outside of medicine and science. She is a loving wife and proud mother of three active children. Balancing her studies and raising a young family at the same time was no easy task. “I am incredibly grateful for the help, love and support my husband has given me over the past 9 years. I can show my children Wesley, Evyn Mae and Hayden what years of hard work and dedication can achieveShe said. Before starting medical school, Natalie had a career as a mental health counselor and later worked as a research associate at Columbia University, which eventually gave her the confidence to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. In May, she will graduate as a medical scientist from the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) and begin residency in anesthesiology at Yale New Haven Hospital.

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