With 100% of the Class of 2022 matching residency positions, UAB students will continue their medical education at 82 institutions in 30 states across the country.
Written by: Kendra Carter
Media contact: Alicia Rohan
The University of Alabama class of 2022 at Birmingham Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine celebrated a successful game day on Friday, March 18. With 100% of students matching residency positions, UAB students will continue their medical education at 82 institutions in 30 states across the country.
Mia Broughton was thrilled to match her #1 choice: the UAB dermatology residency program. She says she wants to impact communities of color and sees the need for more doctors who dedicate time and resources to support those communities.
“Match Day is a lot of hard work,” Broughton said. “I remember being a pre-med student, applying to get into med school, and getting so many rejection letters. To finally be able to get into medical school and now adapt to such an awesome field of medicine is very surreal.
“I didn’t think I would get this far, but I’m so grateful to have my husband, Travis, and my family to support and encourage me,” Broughton added. “Medical school has meant a lot of postponed dreams for my family, and I’m just grateful that I can make those dreams come true now.”
Corey Duke, Ph.D., also attended his best program: Childhood Neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital. Duke entered medical school at UAB in 2014 and transferred to the Medical Scientist Training Program, in which students take a sabbatical from medical school after their sophomore year to complete their doctorate. . then join medical school to complete their clinical training.
“UAB really believed in me and my potential before me,” Duke said. “I couldn’t be happier with my training and every opportunity I’ve had to grow as a leader and as a scientist.”
The game is only growing. According to the National Resident Match Program, which coordinates the residency matching process, this year’s class was the largest on record, with more than 47,000 applicants from U.S. medical schools, international medical schools, and universities. osteopathic schools competing for 39,205 residency positions.
The largest number of UAB medical students were paired with residencies in family medicine and internal medicine, tied with 23 students each, followed by 18 in pediatrics, 18 in neurology, 11 in obstetrics and gynecology and 11 in orthopedic surgery. Students were also matched in other medical specialties, including 10 in anesthesiology, eight in general surgery, seven in emergency medicine, seven in otolaryngology, five in ophthalmology and psychiatry, four in medicine-paediatrics and in diagnostic radiology, three in dermatology and radiation oncology, two in childhood neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery and urology, and one in interventional radiology and pathology.
Kennon and Dan Brake have entered the couples match and are staying in Birmingham for training. Kennon was paired with pediatrics at UAB and Dan will be training in family medicine at Cahaba Medical Care.
Kennon Brake says she couldn’t be more excited to begin her pediatric training at UAB and Children’s of Alabama.
“If you know anything about UAB, I think it’s understandable that people don’t want to leave,” she said. “I’m really excited to have the opportunity to care for kids, not just in Alabama but in the surrounding states, and I’m thrilled to be able to train in a place where I know I’ll see a wide variety of patient presentations.”
“I’m passionate about the underserved in medicine, and Cahaba offers a particularly great opportunity for this kind of medicine that goes beyond diagnosis and treatment and truly cares for the whole patient, whether they’re whether it’s social, socio-economic or family issues that contribute to their overall health,” said Dan Brake.