'Match Day' at UMass Memorial Medical School

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March 16, 2012, 6:48 pm

(NECN: Kristen Doucet) – On Saturday, Tania Visnaskas and Tim Menz will be getting married Saturday, and, Friday, they both were matched at the same hospital during the Match Day ceremonies at UMass Medical School.

“I can't ask for much more than that,” said Tim Menz. “I have a great family that loves me, and they've been really supportive. I am on cloud nine right now.”

One is going into family medicine, while the other is going into pediatrics.

The couple will be together at Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University.

“I'm so grateful Tim and  I get to stay together and we get to be at a great hospital with a great reputation and great programs,” said Tania Visnaskas.

It was an emotional day for medical student James Atem.

He said he struggled for his survival in Ethiopian refugee camps before coming to the United States in 2001.

His dream to become a doctor began in Africa after seeing friends die of malnutrition and basic medical services.

“Being from a refugee camp, I would see a lot of people suffering from simple diseases like malaria and that time I wished was a doctor so that I can help out,” Atem said.

Micah Blais served two tours in Iraq as an officer with the U.S. Army and made the decision to leave the military to pursue a career in medicine.

“I got some exposure to combat care when I deployed a couple of times and it was really the bond that those guys had with the soldiers that was really appealing to me,” said Blais.

The Associate Dean of Students, Mai-lan Rogoff, said this class of medical students is very supportive of each other.

That couldn’t be more true for two new doctors soon to be newlyweds.

Tags: Brown University, newlyweds, Match day, Rhode Island Hospital, Kristen Doucet, umass memorial medical school, james atem, tania visnaskas, tim menz, micah blais, associate dean of students, mai-lan rogoff
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