For fourth-year Harvard Medical School (HMS) student Shekinah Elmore, medicine has played a major role in her life since she was a child.
Diagnosed with cancer at a young age, Elmore said her own experiences with illness and the fact that she had access to great care inspired her to become a doctor.
“I wanted to pass my positive experiences with medicine along to others,” said Elmore, who, on the eve of Match Day, flew back from Rwanda, where she had been working to treat cancer patients. “It has been quite a journey but well worth it.”
Elmore, along with 73 other promising medical students from around the country, received the good news on March 20, this year’s national Match Day, that she was accepted into BWH’s Internal Medicine Residency Program.
Beginning in July, after graduating from their respective medical schools, the new physicians will begin their graduate medical training at BWH, while providing care to patients and learning from senior residents, faculty and staff.
During BWH’s Match Day celebration in Carrie Hall, BWHC President Betsy Nabel, MD, along with Joel Katz, MD, director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, and other BWH faculty and current residents welcomed the new interns into the Brigham family and congratulated them on finding their match.
“Today is a banner day for our hospital,” Katz said. “We are fortunate to have attracted some of the most spectacular and inspiring medical students from around the country. I hope our new residents enjoy the experience, find productive mentorship and focus on becoming the best doctors possible.”
During the reception, the newly matched students high-fived and hugged each other and their new colleagues, with wide smiles.
Matthew Lawlor, a Boston University medical student, said his dream came true when he opened his letter and saw “Brigham and Women’s Hospital.”
“This is what I’ve always wanted,” he said. “The Brigham is a phenomenal institution that excels in all the things I’m interested in. I’m so proud to be here, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Newly matched medical students who will join BWH this summer hail from the many medical schools above.