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Match Heaven

March 17, 2024
by Mark David Siegel

Hi everyone,

From the opening of ERAS on October 1 to Match Day on March 15, recruitment subsumes my brain. That’s fine since everyone wins when we bring exceptional interns to Yale.

This year’s match eclipsed my expectations. We went down 66 fewer spots on our list, ending in the section labeled “virtually guaranteed.” At next year’s rank meeting we’ll have to redefine “guaranteed.”

Our 66 new interns include 38 categorical, 8 physician scientist, 5 ophthalmology, 11 neurology, and 4 general preliminary trainees (including 2 future radiologists and 2 future dermatologists). I know the categorical and PST interns best (so far), so here are some stats:

  • 54% are women.
  • 35% identify as underrepresented in medicine.
  • 43% traveled a significant distance to become physicians, overcoming poverty, illness, war, language barriers, discrimination, and family struggles.
  • 48% have advanced degrees.
  • 6 are graduating from the Yale School of Medicine (as are 1 ophthalmology and 3 general preliminary interns)
  • 35% trained outside the United States, including:
    • Lebanon
    • Israel
    • Palestine (The West Bank)
    • Peru
    • Colombia
    • Argentina
    • Brazil
    • India
    • Iran
    • England
  • Their average Step 2 score was 256.
  • Their average interview score on our 1-5 scale was 4.3 (4 is outstanding)
  • 83% “signaled” our program.
  • Benjamin Mba wins the persuasion prize, interviewing 4, followed by Justin Belcher, Jim Boyer, Susan Kashaf, Thejal Srikumar, and Richard Sutton, who each interviewed 3.
  • 3 are siblings of current or former Yale Traditional residents:
    • Alejandra Meza (sister of Luis Meza)
    • Tomas Correa Gaviria (brother of Simon Correa Gaviria)
    • Anna Goshua (sister of George Goshua)

The group includes talented clinicians, scientists, educators, clinic directors, club presidents, and global health leaders. We’re also welcoming writers, musicians, artists, athletes, parents, and pet lovers. Most importantly, each new intern is a unique human, poised to enrich our department, hospitals, clinics, and the New Haven community.

Stay tuned for next week’s annual “Getting to Know You” Program Director’s Note, when our new interns will introduce themselves.

Enjoy your day, everyone. I had a shingles shot this morning, so I’ll be laying low. My triennial officially starts tomorrow and we’ll will be flying to Ireland on Thursday to visit our daughter Francesca at University College Cork. Get ready for travel pics.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day,


*Thank you to Julie Parry and Amy Anderson who created the beautiful match display, attached.

Submitted by Mark David Siegel on March 17, 2024