Correction: This story has been updated to reflect Rodney Kumi matched to Option Care Health, Boston Massachusetts.

TTUHSC School of Medicine students

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Officials with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center released information on Friday’s Match Day which saw TTUHSC School of Medicine students open their envelopes to find where they will spend the next three to seven years as residents.

“What an exciting time for each of our students,” said TTUHSC School of Medicine Regional Dean Richard Jordan, M.D. “They are now beginning the pathway to the medical specialty in which they will spend the rest of their professional careers. This new training arena will be quite challenging but very highly rewarding, and we believe they will more than meet the challenge.”

“We are so proud of the work they have done for the last four years; to see the joy on their faces—knowing that hard work paid off—is what we look forward to today,” said Kristin Stutz, TTUHSC assistant regional academic dean.

Students matched with different schools around the country including TTUHSC, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Texas Medical School, LSU School of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, University of Massachusetts Chan School of Medicine, Stony Brook Teaching Hospitals, Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania and others.

“In Amarillo, we are graduating 55 new physicians, and many of those physicians will stay in the Panhandle to practice,” Jordan said. “Eight of them will be at TTUHSC and another 32 students will stay in Texas. Having a medical school in this community is particularly advantageous when you think about the number of bright young people that come through our community and choose to stay.”

Officials noted that 24 students matched at TTUHSC programs while 96 students are set to remain in Texas. In addition, 83 students matched to a primary care residency program with orthopedics surgery, OB/GYN, psychiatry, internal medicine and pediatrics being the primary field of studies for students.

Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Officials with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy recently released the names of the fourth-year students who learned where they will complete their residency.

According to a TTUHSC press release, 50 students from all four of the School of Pharmacy campuses were successfully matched, a total of 5,730 students across the country applied for the program and 74.9% were matched successfully.

“A pharmacy residency is a post-graduate training program designed to provide knowledge and experience that pharmacy providers need in order to face challenges in today’s complex and ever-changing health care environment,” Krystal Edwards, Pharm.D., professor and associate dean for career development, said. “First-year residencies help train pharmacy practitioners by building upon their pharmacy schooling skills and professional identity; second-year residencies foster growth and development of a specialized skill set in a specific area.”

According to the release, the following students were matched Wednesday:

Indicating that students are from Amarillo campuses.

PGY-1 Pharmacy

  • Nassim Aghassibake, Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport
  • Mahbouda Ahmadi, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Radiya Ali, Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Kate Ball, Cook Children’s Medical Center
  • Aimee Bautista, CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System
  • Jacee Billings, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center
  • Stephen Davies, Duke Regional Hospital
  • Amara Dike, VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend
  • Kaitlin Doan, VA North Texas Health Care System
  • Savannah Ellis, Providence Regional Medical Center
  • Berkley Freund, St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital
  • Rachel Frank, Medically-Integrated Oncology Pharmacy – Texas Oncology
  • Matthew Gehrlein, Methodist Hospital and Methodist Children’s
  • Amber Gilani, Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas
  • Lexie Greenwood, West Texas Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Colin Howard, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center
  • Minitha Jacob, JPS Health Network
  • Eric Kennison, Intermountain Healthcare
  • Maverick King, Option Care Health
  • Rodney Kumi, Option Care Health, Boston Massachusetts
  • Hay Lee, Wadley St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital
  • Jensen Limer, VA Central Virginia Healthcare System
  • Sweta Mishra, VA North Texas Health Care System
  • Zenobia Okwunwanne, Miami VA Healthcare System
  • Ifedayo Omoniyi, West Texas Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Nashia Rahman, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health
  • Mina Seo, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Jennifer Siebenberg, Children’s Health Children’s Medical Center
  • Rachel Smith, University of New Mexico Hospitals
  • Holly Sohns, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center
  • Jasmine Stinson, University of California San Diego Health
  • Diana Tezock, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Thomas Tran, BSA Health System

PGY-1 Community

  • Jamie Alvarado, Baylor Health Enterprises
  • Emily Conard, Baylor Health Enterprises
  • Aizelle Gaddi, Baylor Health Enterprises
  • An Hoang, Randall’s Pharmacy /Texas A&M University

PGY-1 Indian Health Service

  • Christopher Mariano, Choctaw Nation Health Care Center

PGY-1/2 Pharmacotherapy

  • Lindy Burnam, TTUHSC Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy

PGY-1/2 Health System Pharmacy Administration and Leadership with Master’s

  • Ashlie Christian, The University of Kansas Health System
  • Alexis Hyman, Houston Methodist Hospital
  • Lakyn Lucio, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
  • Reena Maheshwari, Harris Health System
  • Taylor Scroggins, University of North Carolina Medical Center
  • Maura Shaffer, AdventHealth Orlando

Officials added that an additional 12 TTUHSC Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy alumni successfully matched with PGY-1 and PGY-2 programs.

“We are all so very excited and extremely proud of our students who matched,” Edwards said. “They have each put in a lot of work and preparation to get where they are today. I look forward to seeing where they end up and their future accomplishments after their residency training.”

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