On March 20, UT Southwestern held a virtual Match Day celebration to adjust to new public health guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 225 medical students from the Class of 2020 learned where they will complete their residency training and shared the experience with loved ones, faculty, and the rest of the UT Southwestern campus using Zoom, and the virtual modifcation did not dampen the usual joy experienced during the annual celebration.
[Dr. Podolsky] Well, first and foremost, I want to congratulate each of you and your families on having gotten to this point. I certainly hope that you will take the moment to feel the joy of this pivot of the exciting next phase of your career, and we know each of you will make us proud.
[Dr. Lee] The match is an exiting moment that represents a transition point in your career, and even the ongoing pandemic and the virtual format for this event do not dampen the spirit or the significance of the match.
[Dr. Sulistio] As you look towards the future and you get your match results, know that you are never more needed than you are today. We're so thrilled for you, congratulations.
[Group] Five, four, three, two, one.
[Student] I'm going to Stanford, woo!
[Woman] Yay! Woo!
[Dr. Mihalic] It's really my great pleasure to present the 2020 Iatros Award. The Iatros Award is the only award in which the recipient is chosen by the fourth-year class. The criteria includes patient care, clinical ability, leadership, esprit de corps and extracurricular activities. Congratulations to the winner of the 2020 class-selected Iatros Award, Oludamilola Akinmolayemi.
[Student] We're going to the beach and we're going to Cincinnati tonight.
[Woman] Congratulations you guys.
[Student] San Diego, and we're gonna go back to the west coast.
[Student] We're moving to Nashville everybody.
[Oludamilola Akinmolayemi] You know, I'm so fortunate and I'm so passionate about this class. I know we're going to do great things, and I cannot wait to see what we achieve. Thank you guys, I really appreciate this award. It's a truly humbling recognition.
[Dr. Barker] Congratulations everyone, I'm so proud of you. Class of 2020 we're incredibly proud of you. Wonderful people, fantastic doctors, and we can't wait to see what your future holds.