It was another 100% match rate on “Match Day” this year for visiting fourth-year medical students at the California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine (CHSU-COM). All 18 visiting medical students from Kansas City University (KCU) and A.T. Still University (ATSU) matched to a residency program.
For medical students, matching to a residency program opens their career path and gives them an opportunity to learn and practice under physicians in their specialty after they graduate.
This is the second year that 100% of CHSU-COM’s visiting medical students matched to a residency program, with 50% of them matching to programs in California. This pilot program began in 2019 and has become a unique avenue for medical students from KCU and ATSU to develop relationships with our local community and help address the physician deficit in the Central Valley.
Christian Campat, fourth year student from KCU, matched with his top choice – UCSF Fresno’s General Surgery Residency. Campat is originally from Ventura, CA and moved to KCU for his first two years of medical school. When he saw the opportunity to come back to California through the CHSU-COM Visiting Students program, he took the opportunity and one of his rotations was at UCSF Fresno.
“I came to the Central Valley for the rest of medical school, and I really enjoyed it. I’m excited to serve this patient population because there’s a big need,” said Campat. “Over the past year I’ve seen the growth in my surgical skills and in my development as a fourth-year, so the fact that I get to continue my development is unreal.”
Valley native Jose Garcia started his medical school journey at KCU and came back for his third- and fourth-year rotations through the CHSU-COM Visiting Students program. He matched with UCSF Fresno’s Family Medicine Residency program – his first choice for a residency program.
“One of my main goals was to go to medical school to help the underserved and under-represented minorities and communities,” said Garcia. “I think UCSF provides really good training and a good opportunity to serve that patient population.”
Dr. Anne VanGarsse, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, Community Engagement and Population Health and Dr. Nohemi Barriga, Career Counselor and Residency Match Manager, coordinated the efforts to pair CHSU faculty and staff with each fourth year student to provide one-on-one residency counseling and prepare them for residency applications.
“We know that a substantial percentage of physicians choose to settle where they did residency,” said Dr. VanGarsse, “So we are very hopeful that they will choose to stay and practice here.”
Nationwide over 7,300 osteopathic medical students waited for their match results on Friday, with 91.3% of them matching to a residency – a two percent increase from last year. One of CHSU-COM’s visiting medical students is the first DO in their specialty to match at their residency program.
Below is the complete list of CHSU’s visiting student residency matches:
|Visiting Student||Medical School||Residency Program||Residency Location||Specialty|
|Bikash Adhikari||ATSU||Samaritan Health Services||Corvallis, OR||Psychiatry/Child Psychiatry|
|Brooke Bloomfield||ATSU||WiNC GME Consortium – MCW-Prevea Family Medicine Residency Program||Green Bay, WI||Family Medicine|
|Allen Chacko||ATSU||MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital||Puyallup, WA||Family Medicine|
|Blake Durnell||ATSU||Kent Hospital/Brown University||Warwick, RI||Internal Medicine|
|Andrew Torres||ATSU||Family Health Centers of San Diego||San Diego, CA||Family Medicine|
|Frankie Dournayan||KCU||Baylor College of Medicine||Houston, TX||Pediatrics|
|Christian Campat||KCU||UCSF Fresno||Fresno, CA||General Surgery|
|Sheetal Chopra||KCU||Memorial Hospital at Gulfport||Gulfport, MS||Family Medicine|
|Edward Dorfman||KCU||UCSF Fresno||Fresno, CA||Orthopaedic Surgery|
|Jose Garcia||KCU||UCSF Fresno||Fresno, CA||Family Medicine|
|Kelsey Helm||KCU||University Hospitals||Jackson, MS||Psychiatry|
|Kevin Hua||KCU||Virginia Mason Medical Center||Seattle, WA||Internal Medicine|
|Rabia Kamboj||KCU||Sea Mar Community Health Centers||Marysville, WA||Family Medicine|
|Tyler Ky||KCU||College Medical Center||Long Beach, CA||Internal Medicine|
|Mike Lim||KCU||UC San Francisco – East Bay Surgery Program|
Sunrise Health GME Consortium
Las Vegas, NV
|Catherine Liu||KCU||Loma Linda University||Loma Linda, CA||Psychiatry|
|Clara Liu||KCU||Riverside Community Hospital||Riverside, CA||Internal Medicine|
|Yasamin Mohammadi||KCU||UC San Diego Medical Center||San Diego, CA||Pediatrics|
For more about CHSU-COM’s match results, please visit osteopathic.chsu.edu/match-results.