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Medicine Match Day St. Luke’s medical students move to residencies

Local medical student Eva Munshower says she is “so happy” to learn that she will spend her next five years training as a new doctor in a general surgery residency at St. Luke’s University Health Network. She got the news March 15, when she opened an envelope at the Match Day ceremony.

Match Day is a national rite of passage for fourth-year medical school students moving onto residency programs. A complex algorithm matches the students’ top choice of residencies with the programs’ top choice of students. Postgraduate medical education can last three to eight years, including residency and fellowship.

Making this year’s Match Day extra special, the Katz School of Medicine celebrated Match Day on both its North Philadelphia Campus and in Bethlehem. At precisely noon, the 38 students from the St. Luke’s campus simultaneously opened the envelopes that contained the letters identifying their residency programs.

Munshower is following in the footsteps of her father, Thomas Munshower, D.O., a family medicine physician with St. Luke’s University Health Network. Dr. Munshower attended Match Day with his daughter and the rest of their family at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.

Eva Munshower was one of 10 of the class of 38 to match to residencies at St. Luke’s.

“The most meaningful part of this day was that our students learned of their futures right here in the community that supported them from day one,” said Shaden Eldakar-Hein, M.D., Senior Associate Dean and Professor Lewis Katz School of Medicine, St. Luke’s Campus. “Every student means so much to us, and when they opened their envelopes, we were so incredibly happy and proud of them.”

A Lehigh Valley native, Munshower will graduate in May and fell in love with general surgery when, while a student at Central Catholic High School, she was invited to watch an operation in the OR of Sacred Heart Hospital.

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine, St. Luke’s campus in Fountain Hill is helping the region to secure its health and well-being amid a doctor shortage nationally.

Hellertown resident Kate Arner’s envelope revealed that she has matched into a St. Luke’s four-year neurology residency, a dream come true. Her love of medical science dates back to seventh grade and the influence of a science teacher who included anatomy and physiology lessons in the curricula.

Arner, who majored in neuroscience and pre-med at Moravian University, is excited to be staying in the Lehigh Valley as a neurologist to serve the community she grew up in and to be surrounded by her family and friends.

“I’m excited to be on this life-enriching journey at St. Luke’s where I have learned so much over these past four years,” said Arner, whose family - including her 96-year-old grandmother - attended Match Day. “When I opened my envelope, my grandmother cried.”

Eva Munshower’s professional role model has always been her Dad, and she is sure of her passion as she continues on her chosen path: “Medicine is my calling; it’s how I want to give back to the community where I grew up.

It’s what I’ve always dreamed of doing, and it will be a gift to practice here at St. Luke’s like my father.”

Matching institutions for St. Luke’s Class of 2024:

• Anesthesiology, University of Maryland, Penn State Medical Center and New York University Grossman School of Medicine.

Diagnostic radiology, Albert Einstein Health Center and Stony Brook Teaching Hospital, New York

• Dermatology, SLUHN?

• Emergency medicine, SLUHN- Anderson, SLUHN- Bethlehem, University of Rochester, New York.

• Family medicine: SLUHN – Bethlehem, SLUHN?-?Anderson and Lancaster General Hospital

• Internal medicine: SLUHN- Bethlehem; Mayo Clinic, Minnesota; Methodist Hospital, Texas; George Washington, D.C.; Zucker School of Medicine, Northwell; Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina; Rutgers New Jersey School of Medicine.

• General surgery: SLUHN-Bethlehem

• Surgery- Preliminary Year: Thomas Jefferson; Zucker SOM Northwell.

• Neurology: SLUHN and UCLA Medical Center; NYU Grossman SOM.

• Occupational medicine: U.S. Army

• Obstetrics-Gynecology: Lankenau Medical Center and University of Rochester, New York

• Pathology: Dartmouth Medical Center, New York

• Pediatrics: SLUHN; Nemours Children’s Health; NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

• Psychiatry: University of Pennsylvania.

• Radiation Oncology: Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina

• Transitional Year: SLUHN, Trinity Health, Michigan, and U.S. Army

• Urology: Temple Univ Hospital.

The moment when Temple/St. Luke's medical student Eva Munshower learns her match. Her father, Thomas Munshower, D.O., a family medicine physician with St. Luke's, looks on from behind her. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO