MD/PhD Class of 2021 students find out their residency matches
Seven Penn State College of Medicine MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program students graduating this year received their residency destinations as part of Match Day 2021.
Students participated in a virtual envelope-opening ceremony because of COVID-19, with each student receiving an individual message revealing the hospital where they will continue their medical training under the supervision of attending physicians.
Match Day, which takes place at medical schools across the country on the same day, is the culmination of a process that began months ago as students visited and evaluated residency programs, while programs simultaneously evaluated them.
MD/PhD students and their matches are as follows:
Internal Medicine (research) at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Eunice Chen conducted her PhD research in the lab of Leslie Parent, MD.
Chen is from Palo Alto, Calif. She earned her BS in molecular biology from the University of California – San Diego in 2006 and her PhD in biomedical sciences from Penn State College of Medicine in 2019.
She currently lives in Hummelstown, Pa., with her husband and young son.
Medicine (Preliminary) at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Radiation Oncology (Research) at Emory University
Yifu Ding conducted his PhD research in the lab of Keith Cheng, MD, PhD.
Ding is from Souderton, Pa. He received his BS in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins in 2011 and his PhD in biomedical sciences from Penn State College of Medicine in 2019.
Sa Do “John” Kang
Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview
Sa Do “John” Kang conducted his PhD research in the lab of Craig Meyers, MS, PhD.
Kang is from Seoul, Korea, and earned his BSE in biomedical engineering from Duke in 2012 and his PhD in biomedical sciences from Penn State College of Medicine in 2019.
Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Kristin Lambert conducted her PhD research in the lab of Todd Schell, PhD.
Lambert is from Bethlehem, Pa., and received her BS in immunology and infectious disease from Penn State in 2014 and her PhD in biomedical sciences from Penn State College of Medicine in 2019.
Lambert is the first Schreyer Honors College Early Assurance Status Program graduate. She was accepted into the MD/PhD program during her undergraduate studies after participating in the Schreyer Honors College MD/PhD Summer Exposure Program.
In 2018, Lambert received the Penn State Alumni Association Scholarship.
Plastic Surgery at Yale – New Haven Hospital
Olivier Noel is from Springfield Gardens, N.Y. He received his bachelor’s degree biochemistry from Queens College, part of the City University of New York system, in 2011.
In addition to his affiliation with the College of Medicine, Noel is affiliated with the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. There, he conducted PhD research in biomedical sciences in the lab of Glenn S. Gerhard, exploring genetics in bariatric surgery.
Noel is also the cofounder of DNASimple, which helps accelerate genetic research by connecting DNA donors with research scientists.
Neurology at University of Maryland Medical Center
Aditya Pisupati conducted his PhD research in the lab of Timothy Jegla, PhD.
Pisupati is from Bryn Mawr, Pa., and received his BS in engineering science from Penn State in 2012 and his PhD in neuroscience from Penn State College of Medicine in 2018.
Orthopaedic Surgery at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Scott Tucker conducted his PhD research in the lab of Gregory Lewis, MS, PhD.
Tucker is from Holland, N.Y., and received his BS in biomedical engineering from Cornell in 2010 and his PhD in engineering science and mechanics from Penn State in 2019, the first MD/PhD trainee to graduate from the program with that specialty.
He currently lives in Elizabethtown, Pa., with his wife and two young children.
Tucker’s budding company, Total Wrist Arthroplasty, which received essential funding from The Penn State Research Foundation, has focused on wrist arthritis and improving outcomes for patients whose needs are not adequately addressed by current treatment options: fusion, proximal row carpectomy (partial wrist fusion) and total wrist arthroplasty (total wrist replacement).
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