Match Day Q&A

Read our interviews with medical students Kimberly Newton, MPH, entering a family medicine residency at UNC; and Matthew McNeill, entering an internal medicine at New York University.

 

Kimberly N. Newton, MPH

Kimberly Newton
Kimberly N. Newton, MPH

Family Medicine Residency, UNC Hospitals

What are you most excited about for your new match placement?

I'm excited about so many things that it is hard to pinpoint one. I think one thing I am particularly excited about is the new independence in this next phase of training and taking this next step toward being a physician. I have often thought that learning to ride a bike is a good analogy for medical education. For the past four years, it was like having training wheels; very secure, learning your balance, learning the basics. This next step feels like having your parent running alongside you as you try it one your own. I know I will have constant guidance, leadership, and mentorship in residency but I will also have the opportunity to develop my own style of doctoring.

What are you hoping to accomplish in the next few years at your new program?

I hope to gain important patient care skills and expand my medical decision making. My residency is particularly focused on evidence-based medicine and full spectrum Family Medicine. Through this combination I hope to feel competent in both population based health and individualized care, both of which will be vitally important as a practicing physician. I am also hoping to become involved in medical education and hope to work with students. During residency I hope to expand my own teaching style.

Did UNC prepare you well for your next step into medicine? If so, how?

I think it did, but I guess the true test will be on June 24 when my clinical duties start! Overall, I feel that UNC has given me a good foundation for my medical career. They cannot, nor should they, give me everything. They have given me the tools and now I have to do the work.

What are you going to miss most about UNC?

Nothing! I'm staying at UNC for my Family Medicine Residency. I will miss my classmates. We are dispersing across the country and I may not see some friends for several years. My fellow students are amazing people and they are going to do great things. I'm looking forward to watching how our careers shape up over time.

Why did you choose to attend UNC?

I feel lucky every day to live in a state with such dedication to public education and specifically medical education. I truly appreciate the dedication this school has to serving North Carolina. One of the biggest reasons I chose to attend UNC was its dedication to underserved care. It is very special experience to be a student in a place that takes its mission to serve all people seriously. This institution is dedicated to providing high quality care regardless of ability to pay and this socially responsible attitude is exhibited from the top down at UNC. Every person working at UNC is connected by their desire to serve.


Matthew McNeill

Matthew McNeil
Matthew McNeill

Internal Medicine residency at New York University
Hometown: Durham, NC

What are you most excited about for your new match placement?

I have lived in the Triangle area for my entire life. I love the Durham-Chapel Hill area. It will always be home. But I'm looking forward to living in a new place, and there's no place more exciting than New York City.

What are you hoping to accomplish in the next few years at your new program?

At New York University, I foremost want to continue to develop my clinical medicine skills and become an excellent internist. Additionally, I would like to become involved in health policy research and activism, both at a local and national level.

Did UNC prepare you well for your next step into medicine? If so, how?

UNC is the #1 Primary Care School of Medicine in the country for a reason. Their clinical instruction and experiences are unrivaled, creating smart doctors who truly care for their patients. In that vein, UNC has beyond adequately prepared me for my upcoming role as an internal medicine resident.

What are you going to miss most about UNC?

This is easy. I'm going to miss the people - the doctors, the patients, and most of all, my friends. They truly are what make UNC the best medical school in the country.

Why did you choose to attend UNC?

I chose to attend UNC because of the people I met. I appreciated their geniality, their dedication to their patients, and the feeling of family was so present. I also like that our school and hospitals are meant to serve this great state and its people.