Introducing 275 newly-matched #SpartanDO students!


Who will impact health? #SpartansWill! On Match Day last Friday, March 19, 275 fourth-year medical students at the College of Osteopathic Medicine took an important step in their #WhiteCoatJourneys: they learned where they will train during their residency.  We are proud of our students’ hard work, dedication to serving communities and passion for improving patient health.

With an overall 99% match rate, the Class of 2021 placed into 22 specialties across 22 states. The majority of residents (79%) will train in Michigan, building on our strong Spartan alumni network. Looking at sub-groups, 100% of Military students matched, and 100% of Canadian students matched into residencies in America. We also had one couple match! Fifty-six percent (56%) of graduates will train in a Statewide Campus System (SCS) residency program.

Despite the challenging year, our students continued our strong match rate track record, an incredible feat. Compared to 2020 where 74% of students trained in Michigan, there is a higher concentration of DOs staying in Michigan.

As part of the college’s Match Week campaign, we shared special video messages from select students and #IMatched photos from students across our social media channels. Head to our Instagram account and check out the #Match2021 highlight to see where other soon-to-be-residents are headed!

Every #SpartanDO who graduates from our college is driven by a different “why.” Learn more about these select OMS-IV students:

  • Lauren Chorny matched into a child neurology residency program at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Lauren hopes to someday get involved with global health initiatives that bring neurologic care and equipment to children overseas.
  • Amar Takrani matched into family medicine at the University at Buffalo (urban track). He plans to focus his career on “caring for those whose marginalized identities are inextricably linked to their health care...specifically the LGBTQ+ community as well as refugee populations."​​​​​​​
  • Nam Nguyen-Lam matched into pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Michigan, where she will “be an advocate for those who are more vulnerable and who don’t have the tools to make their voices heard.”​​​​​​​
  • Abhay Kommana matched into a family medicine residency program at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Point. He hopes he can bring a sense of “tranquility of the mind” to patients and coworkers.​​​​​​​
  • Wei-Jen Yankelevich matched into a family medicine residency program at National Family Medicine in DC. She looks forward to collaborating with her colleagues in the future.
  • Michael Sterner matched into his top choice family medicine at McLaren Macomb Hospital. He considers practicing medicine a privilege, a respect he’ll take with him as he enters a residency program next year.​​​​​​​
  • Esther Funez Castro matched into family medicine at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa in California. She is #DOproud to be a Latina in medicine, and will advocate for patients and their communities by providing equitable, caring health care.​​​​​​​
  • Liz Henley matched into her number one internal medicine at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor. She plans to dedicate her career to improving the health of communities without reliable access to health care.​​​​​​​
  • Brandon Hana matched into emergency medicine at Garden City Hospital. Brandon hopes to be “part of a team that listens to patients, puts them first and makes a difference in their lives” in his emergency medicine residency program and beyond.​​​​​​​
  • Aarthi Manjunathan matched into physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Michigan, and will complete her transition year at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor. She’s excited to “improve my patients’ function and quality of life by providing a holistic approach to their care and treatment.”

Please join us in celebrating this momentous milestone for our soon-to-be residents!