Women lead the way at medical school's Match Day

66% of class are women; largest group of students is staying in Hawai’i

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Tina M. Shelton, (808) 692-0897
Director of Communications, Office of Dean of Medicine
Posted: Mar 17, 2011

Koah Vierkoetter displays her "match"
Koah Vierkoetter displays her "match"
Imagine being handed an envelope that contained details of what your life would be like for the next few years. What kind of nervous anticipation might you experience?
Sixty-one students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's John A. Burns School of Medicine can tell you exactly what that feels like. On March 17, they were handed envelopes bearing the news about where they will spend their next few years of post-graduate training.
Today’s envelope ceremony marked “Match Day”, observed simultaneously at every medical school across the country. At the UH Mānoa Kaka’ako medical complex, the envelopes were opened at 7:30 a.m., triggering hugs, handshakes and even tears of joy, as students shared the news with family, friends and each other.
Koah Vierkoetter, who will receive her MD degree in May, came to the ceremony with her husband Reiner and their seven month-old son Niko in tow. They were thrilled to learn that she was accepted into a post-graduate program in Hawai’i to train in obstetrics/gynecology.
“It will be my pleasure to be able to go back to my home island of Kaua’i and serve as an OBGYN,” said Vierkoetter, who said she is proud to have graduated from Kapa’a High School.“We badly need doctors of all specialties in Hawai’i.”
Members of the class of 2011 competed with 1,900 applicants to get into the medical school four years ago. Also, 66 percent of this year's class is made up of women.
A computer actually “matches” the students all across the country with training programs--including those affiliated with the medical school in Hawai’i--where the young MD’s will work in Island hospitals, while continuing to train under supervision in their specialty area.
The largest group of UH Mānoa students, twenty-six to be exact, who received envelopes today, chose to stay in Hawai’i for the next step in their careers. Others will train in programs in 18 other states, stretching from California to Florida.

For more information, visit: http://jabsom.hawaii.edu