On Match Day, suspense reigns as med students reveal residency fates

On Match Day, suspense reigns as med students reveal residency fates

There were 1,000 seats at the Jackson Convention Complex for Friday's School of Medicine Match Day 2015, and a large chunk of them were filled by Eric and Heather McDonald's children. 

All six of them. Ranging in age from 8 years to eight weeks, they may not have known exactly why they were there, but the oldest knew this much, McDonald said: "It's a special day for daddy." 

It was a special day for hundreds of dads, moms, grandparents, siblings and others - but, most of all, for the fourth-year medical students who, like McDonald, learned where they'll complete their medical education as residents training in 21 different specialties, such as pediatrics, surgery, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine and more. 

"It feels like it's been a long time coming," said McDonald, who lives in Florence and grew up in Clinton. "But it's been different from what I expected - I knew there would be all the excitement, but then I realized that a bunch of close friends are about to get dispersed across the country." 

Nationwide, more than 27,000 first-year residency positions were filled simultaneously in this year's Main Residency Match involving the nation's 141 medical schools. Almost 35,000 U.S. and international students applied, reported the Association of American Medical Colleges. UMMC's Match Day list included more than 120 names.

John Bridges, senior class president, acknowledged that Match Day is steeped in emotion and suspense. "For a lot of us, this is our first job offer," he said to the convention center crowd.

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MIND Center has fantastic Knight!

By the time Gladys Knight was singing her farewell to Jackson Sunday night, the audience was cheering, some people were dancing and thousands of dollars were raised to fight Alzheimer's disease. 

"The event was a wonderful success. We had a sold-out show," said Dr. Tom Mosley, director of the MIND (Memory Impairment and Neurodegenerative Dementia Research) Center, part of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. 

"Gladys Knight's talent and powerful voice helped us raise awareness and money for the important work we're doing at the MIND Center to find treatments for Alzheimer's and related dementia." 

The benefit concert helped raise more than $240,000 for the MIND Center, and the support of the audience and corporate sponsors was repeatedly noted during the event.

"To every one of you here, I know you've come to see Gladys Knight as I have, but these tickets that you bought are going to help us move forward and hopefully find a cause and maybe a cure for these awful diseases that we are dealing with now," said former UMMC Vice Chancellor James E. Keeton.

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MIND Center has fantastic Knight!

Rush pharmacologist, UAB plastic surgeon to give talks this week

Rush pharmacologist, UAB plastic surgeon to give talks this week

A number of interesting events is scheduled for the upcoming week at the Medical Center.

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