Game, set, Match Day: big finish for med students’ hopes

Game, set, Match Day: big finish for med students’ hopes

To view a photo gallery from Match Day 2017, click here.

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Years ago, when he was trying to pick a career, Robbie Aru shadowed, among others, a financial analyst, engineer, lawyer and the man who used to sew up his wounds.

On Friday, Robbie Aru made it clear which of those professions, and professionals, meant the most to him when he declared before hundreds of people that he was going to be a surgeon like Dr. Giorgio Aru, his father.

The occasion was Match Day 2017 at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson, where around 130 other imminent School of Medicine graduates also found out where they “matched” - that is, where they will spend the next few years as physicians-in-training.

In Robbie Aru's case, he will be honing his specialty at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

“It's a day a lot of us waited for a long, long time,” Robbie Aru said after meeting up with his family after the ceremony.

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People of the U: Camille Richards

If you refer to Camille Richards in terms of a “CHIK,” she won't get offended.

That's short for Congenital Hearts in a Kayak. Richards, the Medical Center's nurse practitioner director of the adult congenital heart program, is crusading to increase awareness and support for patients who were born with heart abnormalities. Most babies with the condition now survive and thrive, but often need continuing care as an adult.

Richards, who's been kayaking for about a decade, is using her avocation to call attention to the Adult Congenital Heart Association. She's paddling - in legs - 1,515 miles around the Florida coastline, starting at Pensacola and ending just north of Jacksonville.

You can keep up with her on her Facebook page, and on her blog.

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People of the U: Camille Richards

Guyton Lecture, visiting talks highlight week's events

Guyton Lecture, visiting talks highlight week's events

Several interesting events are scheduled for the upcoming week at the Medical Center.

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