Yahoo News/WCPO: UC Match Day for medical students goes virtual

Celebration continues, albeit with social distancing and safety, despite the pandemic

Hagar Elgendy may be headed to Tar Heel country, but she will always be a Bearcat at heart.

The fourth-year medical student at UC will be starting her residency at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C., in physical medicine and rehabilitation this summer. Elgendy and her husband, former Bengals player Cedric Peerman, learned online Friday about her residency match.

She was one of 174 matched medical students at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. They all celebrated Match Day—some with family and friends, while other connected with each other and loved ones via social media, text, phone and email. They learned online where they will spend the next three-to-seven years of residency training to become future physicians.

Their enthusiasm remained despite COVID-19 restrictions limiting big gatherings and blow out bashes that characterized previous Match Day celebrations at UC and across the country.  Elgendy spoke to WCPO journalist Kristyn Hartman about the day she couldn’t wait to arrive. She says it couldn’t have been any better.

Listen to her WCPO interview.

Read more about Match Day results at UC.

Check out a preview story on Match Day at UC.

Featured image of Hagar Elgendy taken by Colleen Kelley/UC Creative + Brand.

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