College of
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Match Day Student Interview

Katherine Boyer

April 1, 2021

Where did you match? 

Categorical Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s.

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

All residency interviews were virtual this year, which was an interesting process. It was nice to not have to pay for flights/hotels and to keep myself and others safe by interviewing from my apartment. However, it was sometimes challenging to get a good feel for the culture of programs during the virtual interviews and meet-n-greets. Conversations with faculty and residents after the interview day was a great way to get a better understanding of the environment at the program.

After I finished interviewing, it was time to make my rank list. Mentors at MSU College of Human Medicine (shout out to Dr. Busch, Dr. English, Dr. Armstrong, and the MSU Flint Team) and my family helped me reflect on what was important to me and helped me think through where I would thrive. I submitted my rank list, then anxiously awaited Match Day!

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

We celebrated Match Day with my immediate family in Michigan, then facetimed my sister in California. My mom, an avid Etsy and arts-n-crafts lover, decorated our house with Match Day decorations. We celebrated with a nice lunch filled with all my favorite foods, then had a Match Day celebration on Zoom with the Flint Campus. Despite the barriers created by COVID-19, it was special day and even better than I could have imagined!

 

What are you most excited about for residency?

I am so excited to be able to have more autonomy, learn more within the field of pediatrics, to meet all my new co-residents and to explore Cincinnati!

What advice do you have for medical students next year?

Don’t be afraid to change your mind or to be unsure of what you want to do. I decided to apply to pediatrics two months before ERAS was due and it was the best decision that I could have ever made.

If interviews are still virtual, reach out to residents at programs that you are really interested in. This helped me to gain a better of understanding of the culture of a program and if it would be a good fit for me.

Be yourself and have fun during interviews! Look for a program where you see yourself being the happiest, most successful, and overall, the best version of yourself!

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