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CU School of Medicine Match Day 2023

CU School of Medicine Match Day 2023

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What You Need To Know

These stories are part of the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Match Day 2023 coverage.

For medical students, Match Day is the culmination of many years of commitment, hard work, and sacrifice as they discover the next phase of their journey to becoming future physicians.

At 10 a.m. on March 17, graduating medical students will be surrounded by family, friends, and loved ones as they learn where they have been accepted for residency training.

Click on the stories below to learn more about our students and their journey to Match Day.

For more information and details on Match Day 2023, please click here.

Josue Estrella - 3-1-23

Josue Estrella Pursues Trauma Surgery to Help Underserved Communities 

As the first one in his family to go to college, Josue Estrella had to navigate his own way through his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, where he first developed his interest in medicine.  

After getting a crash course in clinical work by working as a traveling medical scribe, setting up new teams in newly contracted hospitals around the country, he entered the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2019. It was a daunting atmosphere at first, he says. 

Brissa Mundo-Santacruz - 3-8-23

Becoming a Doctor One Step at a Time

It’s amazing the things you can learn on YouTube.

Because she was taking big steps on an unknown and sometimes difficult path – the first in her family to pursue a medical career – Brissa Mundo-Santacruz often turned to YouTube for guidance on things like preparing for the MCAT and applying to medical school.

Nikolai Harroun - 3-2-23

Learning to Teach, Teaching to Learn 

One or two different answers on a middle school career quiz, and Nikolai Harroun might have become a dolphin trainer instead of a doctor. 

As it turned out, though, dolphin trainer was number two on his list of results. Radiologist was number one. 

Alexandra Ross - 3-1-23

Making a Splash: Fourth-Year Medical Student is a Team Player

Alexandra (Lexie) Ross vividly recalls her childhood dreams to become either an inventor, an astronaut, and/or the new lead singer for the Backstreet Boys.

However, in fifth grade, her teacher drew a chalk outline of a heart on the asphalt outside of school where Ross and her classmates could walk through the ventricles as blood cells, studying every detail of the organ. It was at that moment that a career in medicine started to become her new dream.