Palestine native Mark Gold, class president of the graduating class of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, was one of more than 230 students to learn where they will begin the next phase of their medical training recently.
With four years of medical school almost behind them, almost half will remain in Texas for at least the first year of their residencies, and 23 percent will train at UT Health. The news was announced on March 21 on Match Day, an event that occurs simultaneously at medical schools across the country as students discover their destination for residency training. Match Day is the culmination of a complex process that matches graduating medical students with residency programs through the National Resident Matching Program. Every year, thousands of U.S. medical students and independent applicants compete for residency positions. At UT Health, internal medicine, pediatrics and anesthesiology were among the most popular areas of medicine for residency training.
“This is an important day for all of us,” said Gold, 27, who will train as an ophthalmologist just as his father Dr. Dan Gold of Palestine did. “We are all pursuing our dream of becoming a physician and caring for patients, and in this moment, we are that much closer to achieving it.”
From a young age, Mark Gold knew that he wanted to be a physician, growing up in a medical environment. His father, a prominent ophthalmologist, would take him on international medical trips where he had the opportunity to witness how transformational medicine can be in patients’ lives.
“To be at this medical school right here in the Texas Medical Center has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Gold said. “It’s just been a blast.”
Part of the early match, Gold learned earlier this year that he’ll do his ophthalmology residency at Scott & White in Temple, and recently he learned that he also matched there for his intern year. His ultimate destination: a place to practice medicine – whether that is right here in Texas or in other countries with global health needs.