Match Day pairs School of Medicine students with residencies
Malay Bhatt and nearly 90 of his classmates from the Class of 2014 and their families, dressed in their finest, gathered outside the school. Banded together by an intense six years of clinicals and classrooms in the school’s innovative BA/MD program, they soon will be dispersed across the country for their residencies.
Would Bhatt, specializing in radiology, get his match? Adding to the anticipation, would his girlfriend, Anna Shah, get hers? The couple met as Year 1 students in the residence hall. He’s from Poplar Bluff, Mo., she’s from Chicago.
“It’s his draft day,” said Bhatt’s older brother, Kandarp, who clutched a mysterious brown bag as he stood next to his younger brother.
After Bhatt’s and Shah’s residencies were revealed, the contents in the brown bag were, too: ball caps. Shah’s was the University of Michigan, where she’ll be a neurology resident. Bhatt’s diagnostic radiology residency will be at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Michigan.
“Only 40 minutes away from each other,” said Shah. The couple embraced.
“I have some hats to take back,” said Bhatt’s older brother, holding a half-stuffed brown bag.