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Left, Drs. Joseph Loscalzo and Joel Katz welcome the 2010 class of interns to BWH on Match Day. Right, Kiran Gupta and Kristina Mirabeau-Beale with Dr. Marshall Wolf.
Graduating medical school students across the country last week learned where they will spend the next several years of their lives, and about a dozen Boston area medical school seniors who matched with BWH’s Internal Medicine residency received a warm welcome.
“I was very surprised and excited. I really thought this was my least likely scenario,” said Rodrigo Zepeda, MD, who graduated last year with his medical degree from Monterrey Tec in Monterrey, Mexico, and came to BWH and MGH last year to conduct epilepsy research with MGH neurologist Sydney Cash, MD.
In addition to his familiarity with BWH and MGH labs, Zepeda, who was born in Mexico City, has familiarity with several members of the house staff who will be showing him his way around the Tower, Shapiro Center and other units across BWH. He spent one year training rural health outreach workers at the Partners In Health facility in Chiapas, a region ofMexico near the Guatemalan border.
“Rodrigo was teaching our residents when they rotated there, and now they will be teaching him here at BWH,” said Joel Katz, MD, director of the Internal Medicine Residency program.
Internal Medicine matched 71 new interns who will start their training at BWH in July. They come from 31 different medical schools, 23 different states and eight countries, in addition to the U.S. To name just of few of the interesting additions, the new class includes an expert on the impact of popular medical TV shows and another who has a PhD in piano performance and music composition. And the house staff soon will feature brothers in newly matched intern Neil Wagle, MBA, and Nikhil Wagle, MD, who will be a chief resident in Medicine. Both attended HMS.
Nikhil Wagle, left, will be a chief resident in Medicine when his brother Neil begins as an intern.
Amara Mulder, who also matched from HMS, comes with a background in humanitarian relief efforts and research, as she has worked closely with Anne Goldfeld, MD, of BWH’s Division of Global Health Equity, in providing diagnoses and care for patients with HIV in Kenya. “Her work is a true bridge between humanitarian relief and HIV basic science,” Katz said of Mulder, who spent five months in Kenya.
At last Thursday’s intern reception, Katz was joined by several faculty members, Department of Medicine leaders and residents in welcoming the 2010 class of interns. “Thank you to everyone who helped recruit this exceptional group of students,” he said. “This class gives me hope that the future of internal medicine will be in great hands.”
Joseph Loscalzo, MD, PhD, chairman of the Department of Medicine, said, “This year’s match is spectacular. I’ve had the pleasure of being able to see how our house staff has evolved over the years, seeing the culture change and grow.”
Loscalzo thanked the members of the house staff for their help in recruiting new classes of interns each year and helping BWH match with interns who “are of like mind sets, hues and have similar goals. We have made a major leap in the last few years.”