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April 2009 Issue

Twins David (left) and Tony Sheyn learning where they "matched" for residency training.
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Med Students Bid Well on Match Day

By Angela Koenig
Published April 2009

At 26, twins Tony and David Sheyn are moving apart for the very first time in their lives—by choice.

The brothers, both fourth-year UC College of Medicine students, picked different geographic sites for their residency programs: Tony in ear, nose and throat surgery at Wayne State University in Detroit and David in radiology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

They learned their medical career path during the March 19 Match Day, along with 149 soonto- be fellow graduates of the college and nearly 30,000 other senior medical students across the country.

Fifty-five students will complete residency training in Cincinnati, with 28 students matching at University Hospital and eight with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

It’s called Match Day because it’s the culmination of four long years of medical school, where getting “matched” with a program in a specialty you desire is perceived as paramount to success. It is, after all, where they’ll spend the next three to seven years training at their preferred hospital and in their preferred specialty.

According to the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), 2009 had the largest match of students to programs in history. The NRMP serves as a venue for matching the program preferences of students with those of residency program directors.

“We saw an across the board increase in applicants this year ... this is likely the result of medical school expansions across the nation,” says Mona Signer, executive director of the NRMP.

As is tradition at UC, students gathered and celebrated to thunderous applause in Medical Sciences Building Room E-351, with opening remarks by the university administrators.

“I’m ecstatic,” Tony Sheyn says of getting matched with his first choice. To learn more about residency matching, visit

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