Spokane medical students learn where they will start their careers | Schools
SPOKANE, Wash. – Many college graduates struggle to find work right after earning their diplomas. But nine University of Washington medical students based in Spokane this year already have their next jobs lined up.
The students were ‘matched’ with hospitals around the country, as part of the National Resident Matching Program’s ‘Match Day’.
At the beginning of their fourth and final year of medical school, students apply to the residency programs where they’ll work after they graduate with their medical degrees. (The residencies last three to seven years, depending on a student’s specialty, and are required before the new doctors can earn their licenses to practice.) The students rank the programs where they want to work. In return, the programs rank the students they want. Then a high-powered computer matches them. Friday, medical students around the country opened their envelopes and found out where they matched.
Of the nine students who gathered on Spokane’s Riverpoint Campus Friday to learn about their matches, six started medical school in Spokane. They were members of Spokane’s second class of first-year medical students. The other three started in the Pullman-Moscow class at WSU and the University of Idaho.
2013 Spokane medical students who matched on March 15:
•Mallory Beale: hometown: Pomeroy, WA; started medical school in Pullman; residency: Spokane; specialty: family medicine
•Brad Blakely: hometown: Spokane, WA; started medical school in Spokane; residency: Bakersfield, CA; specialty: emergency medicine
•Paige Flett: started medical school in Moscow, ID; residency: Spokane ; specialty: radiology
•Tim Hatlen: hometown: Sammamish, WA; started medical school in Spokane; residency: Spokane; specialty: internal medicine
•Colette Inaba: hometown: Covington, WA; started medical school in Spokane; residency: Orange, CA ; specialty: surgery
•Kristin Johnson: hometown: Coeur d’Alene, ID; started medical school in Moscow, ID; residency: Salt Lake City; specialty: pediatrics
•Richard Martin: hometown: Spokane; started medical school in Spokane; residency: Madison, WI; specialty: internal medicine
•Jaime Nielsen: hometown: Mesa, AZ; started medical school in Spokane; residency: Boise, ID ; specialty: family medicine
•Alexandra Windhorn: hometown: Spokane Valley, WA; started medical school in Spokane; residency: Seattle; specialty: pediatrics
In addition, two students who started in Spokane in fall 2009 also matched with Spokane residencies: Ian May and Angela Olson, both internal medicine. They were in Seattle Friday at the Match Day ceremony at the University of Washington.