Becky Lacayo and Chris Kyper received the award for cutest couple on Match Day at Temples Lewis Katz School of Medicine.
Kyper and Lacayo are among more than 200 seniors headed to residencies this year at Temples Lewis Katz School of Medicine, and were among more than 43,000 applicantsa record numberacross the country, according to the National Resident Matching Program. For Match Day, which fell on St. Patricks Day this year, Temples doctors in training, their families, and medical school faculty members packed the atrium in the Medical Education and Research Building for the countdown to noon, when the students could open their envelopes.
Lewis Katz School of Medicine Dean Larry Kaiser and Temple University Provost JoAnne A. Epps celebrated with medical school seniors on Match Day.
Kyper, a native of Lebanon, Pennsylvania who plans to specialize in neurology, and Lacayo, of Miami, who will go into emergency medicine, split the difference between their hometowns, listing institutions in both Philadelphia and Florida among their top choices.
Well be happy wherever we go, as long a we stay together, Kyper said.
Cheers erupted as the students tore open their envelopes.
Students Cody Nathan and John St. Angelo show their Match letters.
The top specialties Temple students matched into were internal medicine (46 students), emergency medicine (23 students), pediatrics (15 students), medicine-preliminary (19 students) and radiology-diagnostic (11 students). The top institutions they matched with were Temple University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, UCLA Medical Center, and St. Lukes University Health Network. Five students are headed to Columbia and Cornell medical centers in New York, and four to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Pamela Boodram, from Brooklyn, New York, plans to specialize in internal medicine.
Kyper and Lacayo got their wish to stay together. Both matched in Jacksonville, Florida: Kyper to the Mayo Clinic and Lacayo to University of Florida Health Jacksonville.
Kyper plans to specialize in neurology; Lacayo in emergency medicine.
Im very proud of him. Thats what they wantedits great, Kypers mother, Patricia Kyper, said as the couples families celebrated the news together.
Lacayos mom, Carolina Lacayo, was thrilled to hear her daughter would be moving back to Florida after four years of medical school in Philadelphia.
Im so happy for her, and for me also, Carolina Lacayo said. Im so proud of them.
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