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Match Day Student Interview

Kody Kleinrichert

April 1, 2021

Where did you match? 

Naval Medical Center San Diego – Transitional Year

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

As a Navy HPSP student, I only had a few options for internship. Normally, military students would be able to rotate through all their prospective programs. Unfortunately, this year, COVID-19 limited these opportunities. After lots of virtual exploration of the areas, my wife and I decided that San Diego would be our top choice. My wife and I knew we would be heading to either the east coast or west coast, but we were hopeful that California would be our ultimate destination.

I matched into my first year of post graduate training because I will be an operational physician for the Navy prior to returning for specialty training. All in all this was my first of a few match days during my medical career!

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

I was scheduled for clinic during my match day, but my wife had the day off and was able to regularly check my email. I was sitting in a patient room when my phone started buzzing off the hook. After anxiously finishing up the patient encounter, I found out that we were going to California! When I got home we put some beach scenery on our TV, popped a bottle of champagne, and called our friends and family!

What are you most excited about for residency?

I am most excited to finally be in a position where I can make more meaningful contributions to the health care team and the care of my patients.

What advice do you have for medical students next year?

Do your best to network with residents of prospective programs and do not be afraid to ask questions!

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