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U.P. med students matched to residencies

Courtesy photo Michigan State University College of Human Medicine UP Campus medical students hold signs indicating where they will spend their residencies. Show are, back row, left to right: Valerie Taglione, Caitlin (Polakowski) Payne, Chelsea Meloche, Alexandra Dinello, Kirsten Salmela. In front are, from left: Dustin Collins, Isaac Smith, Luke Cayemberg, Cameron Anderson, Cody Anderson.

MARQUETTE — After years of hard work and preparation, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine UP Campus medical students learned where they will be for the next chapter of their education.

The Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region is one of seven clinical campuses throughout the state where MSU-CHM students experience their Late Clinical Experiences (LCE). The program is located in Marquette, Michigan and is a partnership between Michigan State and UP Health System – Marquette.

Following months of traversing the country to visit and interview at residency programs, students and residency programs rank each other. Then they wait for the culmination of the annual National Resident Matching Program.

The program pairs fourth-year medical students with residency programs throughout the nation and reveals the results on the third Friday in March.

On March 15, MSU College of Human Medicine, UP Campus students, gathered with family, friends and peers for Match Day festivities at the Landmark Inn of Marquette.

The MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus students are bound for residency programs at the following programs:

— Tovah Aho of Marquette, Mich., Psychiatry/Rural, MSU College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, Mich.

— Cameron Anderson, of Gladstone, Mich., Ophthalmology, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Mich.

— Cody Anderson, of Gladstone, Mich., Radiology, Transitional Program at Spectrum Health/MSU, followed by Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, Minn.

— Luke Cayemberg, of Norway, Mich., Family Medicine at Beaumont Health, Troy, Mich.

— Dustin Collins, of Gilbert, Ariz., Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, Minn.

— Alexandra Dinello, of Fenton, Mich., Emergency Medicine at Western Michigan University Stryker School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Mich.

— Chelsea Meloche, of Grand Haven, Mich., Internal Medicine at University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, Mich.

— Caitlin (Polakowski) Payne, of Houghton, Mich., Neurological Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Hanover, N.H.

— Kirsten Salmela, of Marquette, Mich., Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington DC

— Isaac Smith, of Rushville, Ind., Pediatrics at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

— Valerie Taglione, of Houghton, Mich., Family Medicine at UP Health System Marquette Family Medicine Residency Program, Marquette, Mich.

Dr. Stuart Johnson, CEO and community assistant dean, congratulated the students and their families.

“We are very proud of these students. They are a testament to the caliber of medical students we train at UPHS-Marquette and throughout the Upper Peninsula,” said Dr. Johnson. “That sense of pride is shared by the excellent teaching physicians and health systems who provide one-on-one training for them.”

The Match Day program also included remarks from Susan Tincknell, director of student programs of MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus, who thanked parents and friends for their attendance and support.

“Thank you to the preceptors that educated and mentored our students,” said Tincknell. “And thank you to the family and friends who have provided endless emotional support — you are all behind the success of these students.”

Johnson and Tincknell handed out the gold envelopes and led a countdown just before noon. Students tore into their envelopes to learn where they will spend the next 3-5 years, then celebrated with loved ones.

At the end of the 2019 school year, 298 medical students will have graduated from the MSU College of Human Medicine UP Campus. Currently, approximately 30 percent of the MSU CHM UP Campus physicians are practicing in the Upper Peninsula in primary care and various specialties of medicine.

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