Bucks County Herald

Medical students matched with residency programs

Christopher Cann of Bethlehem and his girlfriend, Angelina Cords, matched together at their No. 1 pick, Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Thirty-two Temple/St. Luke’s Medical School students learned which medical residency programs across the country they would be paired with on March 17.

Known as National Match Day, it’s the day that fourth-year medical students across the country take a major step in their academic journey to become a physician.

Seven students, or 22 percent, of the Class of 2017 will continue their medical education in St. Luke’s Graduate Medical Education programs.

Christopher Cann of Bethlehem has chosen internal medicine as his specialty.

“I want to be able to treat the whole patient, to show the compassion and empathy for what they are feeling and at the same time relate to him as a human being,” Cann said.

Janel Paukovits, 26, of Northampton has chosen emergency medicine as her specialty. She was a risk-taking, mischievous child, she said, who was no stranger to receiving treatment in the emergency room.

“I hope I never forget what it’s like to be the patient,” she said.

Jay Fuletra, 25, of Bethlehem has chosen urology as his specialty because it combines his two passions: surgery and medicine.

“My hope is that I never forget that there is a person, a family, behind every disease.”

The 2017 Temple/St. Luke’s class, will graduate May 12 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

The medical school will welcome the incoming Class of 2021 in August for its White Coat Ceremony.



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