Furthmiller said his initial interest in pediatrics has only grown since entering medical school.
“What I really love about pediatrics is that it is never just about the young patient, but also the family unit, the caregivers and siblings,” he said. “It is a team approach to medicine and really not like any other area of medicine that I have seen. I really love working with families, particularly worried families that need education or guidance or assurance.”
Residency programs for many medical students typically start in July and Furthmiller says he’s ready.
“I do feel prepared. I think that UC has set me up really well,” he added. “I have been fortunate that my medical education has not really been impacted by coronavirus, and the key rotations have continued. In this time of uncertainty, understanding what I am walking into in July is a little different. Children may not be as affected, but there are still a lot of worried parents. I am ready to start.”
Jacqyln Riemersma, a fourth-year med student, matched into obstetrics and gynecology and will do her residency at UC Medical Center. She was at home with her fiance, parents and sister when she learned she got her first pick for residency.
“I was so happy and my mom has this crazy video on Facebook of me screaming my head off,” said Riemersma, who also posted a picture on Instagram.
She said she decided her passion was helping patients in OBGYN during her third year of medical school. Riemersma was doing a clinical rotation at UC Medical Center. “I fell in love with the program and the patients at UC Medical Center. This has been a really memorable Match Day.”