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After years of hard work and unwavering perseverance, medical students from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) gathered at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on March 18, 2022 to participate in the Game Day Ceremony of this year. At this annual ceremony, graduate medical students from across the country and from UMSOM find out where they will begin their careers as doctors. This year was particularly significant as it was the first in-person celebration with families and friends since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The long-awaited day was well worth the wait, as the students were finally able to reflect and celebrate their milestone achievement.

“This year’s ceremony signals a slow but steady return to normal. Everything inside these golden envelopes will open up a whole new world of possibilities for every student,mentioned Kerri Thom, MD, MS, Associate Dean for Student Affairs at UMSOM. “Our students’ medical education has been disrupted and they have entered the clinical space at the height of uncertainty. The whole practice of medicine has changed and these students are at the forefront of what lies ahead, but I am sure they are ready for any challenge.

Kerri Thom, MD, MS

Kerri Thom, MD, MS

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) reported that the 2022 National Primary Residence Match was the largest in NRMP history, with 39,205 total positions offered and 36,277 first-year positions (PGY-1 ) offered, an increase of 3.1% compared to last year. .

Kelly Bridgham, MD '22
Kelly Bridgham, MD ’22

This year, 145 UMSOM senior students were matched in 69 different health facilities in 25 states, compared to 68 different hospitals in 25 states in 2021. 24% (35/145) of the class of 2022 will remain in the state from Maryland during their residency, compared to 59% (84/142) in 2021.

Among the students graduating from UMSOM is Kelly Bridgham, MD ’22. She came to UMSOM after spending a year doing research at Johns Hopkins University. “I happened to be interviewed here at UMSOM first, but I knew straight away that this was the right person for me. Looking back on the last four years, I wouldn’t have could have dreamed of a better institution for my medical education,” she said. Kelly plans to pursue a career in academic medicine that will foster her passion for teaching, leadership and research. She corresponded at the University Thomas Jefferson in otolaryngology.

Jordan Tutnauer, MD '22
Jordan Tutnauer, MD ’22

Jordan Tutnauer, MD ’22 first developed an interest in medicine after volunteering at local hospitals during his undergraduate studies. “I observed how doctors interacted with their patients; I immediately gravitated towards it and knew practicing medicine was something I wanted to do,” he said. “For me, I love the fact that I’m going to help make someone else’s life better.” Jordan plans to work with the underserved patient population. He will be going to Temple University Hospital for a residency in internal medicine. This summer, he plans to travel overseas and focus on planning his wedding to Kelly Bridgham. They recently got engaged in October last year.

Serge Tzeuton, MD '22
Serge Tzeuton, MD ’22

For Serge Tzeuton, MD ’22, his vocation to medicine was very personal. “My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer while I was completing my undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). From that moment on, I felt inspired to work hard to be accepted in medical school,” he said. “After seeing what my mother fought against, I decided I wanted to be the person who helped other people’s parents heal and recover from illnesses. chronicles.” Serge plans to pursue his research interests and immerse himself in community outreach opportunities, particularly in underserved communities. He will remain here in Baltimore at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) for a residency in orthopedic surgery.

Ashling Zhang, MD '22
Ashling Zhang, MD ’22

Ashling Zhang, MD ’22, began his undergraduate studies preparing to major in chemistry; however, she was quickly drawn to global health studies. “I had the privilege of studying and helping with global health research abroad, during which I realized that my interest alone was not enough to have an impact. Knowing this, I became determined to pursue a career in medicine so that I could be part of a solution to the problems I had studied so much,” she said. “I’m so grateful to the university for believing in the potential of the hopeful student I was four years ago and giving me the opportunity to start this medical journey.” Ashling will begin a general surgery residency this summer in Baltimore at UMMC. She plans to continue working on trauma outcomes research and contribute to public and global health projects.

Natalie Hesselgrave, PhD '20, MD '22
Natalie Hesselgrave, PhD ’20, MD ’22

As a student of alternative medicine, Natalie Hesselgrave, PhD ’20, MD ’22, maintains an active life outside of medicine and science. She is a loving wife and proud mother of three active children. Balancing her studies while raising a young family has been no small feat. “I am extremely grateful for the help, love and support my husband has given me over the past 9 years. I can show my children, Wesley, Evyn Mae and Hayden, what years of hard work and dedication can accomplish“, she says. Before starting medical school, Natalie had a career as a mental health counselor and later worked as a research assistant at Columbia University, which ultimately gave her the confidence to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. In May, she will graduate as a Physician Scientist from the Medical Scientists Training Program (MSTP) and begin an anesthesiology residency at Yale New Haven Hospital.

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