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Match Day Student Interview

Danielle Gibson

April 1, 2021

Where did you match? 

Emergency Medicine at Yale University.

Can you describe the weeks/months leading up to Match? How did COVID-19 impact the process?

The weeks leading up to Match were stressful. Waiting to see what the future holds made me uneasy. Even though I couldn’t interview in person due to COVID restrictions, I felt I was still given a great understanding of the programs I interviewed at, at more than half of the cost of traditional interviews. Although, I still had nightmares about matching to programs that I truly did not want to be at. However, I stayed true to myself and I remembered that God had a plan, and that I would end up where I needed to be.

Describe the day, what did you do to “virtually” celebrate your match?

The notice that I matched arrived on my phone at 8:58am PST on Friday March 19. Prior to that day, I planned a celebration with my family to open up my Match Day email together. That meant I had to wait until after 12pm PST, when my mother and sister got off work to see where I matched. I had multiple texts throughout the morning from my College of Human Medicine family asking where I ended up. My rank list was geographically diverse, so the suspense of where I would be spending the next 3 to 4 years was high. However, waiting to open up my email was such a great decision. I opened up my Match Day email on zoom at 1:00pm PST in front of my Flint College of Human Medicine family, and my family and friends. Everyone was able to celebrate with me and feel the exact emotion I was feeling at that time.


What are you most excited about for residency?

I am most excited about starting my career in the specialty that I love the most, and being able to take care of such a diverse population in New Haven and Bridgeport. Medical school was hard work and even though I know that residency will be just as hard or harder, it’s great to know that I will be given more ownership of patients and that I am closer on my journey of becoming an excellent physician.

What advice do you have for medical students next year?

My advice for upcoming 4th year medical students is to shoot for your dreams and apply to programs that YOU want, and not programs that others think you can get into. When I first told people in October that I was interested in Yale University for training, they looked at me as if I was deranged. As if Yale was too high of a reach for me. However, I didn’t listen to the naysayers and applied to the programs that I wanted to be at.  It was a great feeling when I was making up my rank order list (ROL) to know that I would actually be very happy at any program in my top 7 of my ROL. My ROL was filled with programs that matched my personality, programs that I knew I was going to be happy at. 

Is there anything else you wish to add?

Residency will be tough but I’m happy I listened to my gut and choose Yale as my number 1 program. I know with the training I get a Yale I will be a great physician and be in a position to really make an impact on any community that I serve.

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