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Match Day for graduating medical students held in Bethlehem


Local medical student Eva Munshower says she is “so happy” to learn that she will spend her next five years training as a new doctor in a general surgery residency at St. Luke’s University Health Network.

She got the news on March 15, when she opened an envelope at the Match Day ceremony.

Match Day is a national rite of passage for fourth-year medical school students moving onto residency programs. A complex algorithm matches the students’ top choice of residencies with the programs’ top choice of students. Post-graduate medical education can last three to eight years, including residency and fellowship.

Making this year’s Match Day extra special, the Katz School of Medicine celebrated Match Day on both its North Philadelphia Campus and in Bethlehem. At precisely noon, the 38 students from the St. Luke’s campus simultaneously opened the envelopes that contained the letters identifying their residency programs.

Munshower is following in the footsteps of her father, Dr. Thomas Munshower, a family medicine physician with St. Luke’s University Health Network. Dr. Munshower attended Match Day with his daughter and the rest of their family at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.

Eva Munshower was one of 10 of the class of 38 to match to residencies at St. Luke’s.

A Lehigh Valley native, Munshower will graduate in May and fell in love with general surgery when, while a student at Central Catholic High School, she was invited to watch an operation in the OR of Sacred Heart Hospital.

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine, St. Luke’s campus in Fountain Hill, is the Lehigh Valley’s first and only four-year medical school.

Hellertown resident Kate Arner’s envelope revealed that she has matched into a St. Luke’s four-year neurology residency. Her love of medical science dates back to ​seventh grade and the influence of a science teacher who included anatomy and physiology lessons in the curriculums. Arner, who majored in neuroscience and pre-med at Moravian University, is excited to be staying in the Lehigh Valley as a neurologist to serve the community she grew up in and to be surrounded by her family and friends.

“I’m excited to be on this life-enriching journey at St. Luke’s where I have learned so much over these past four years,” said Arner, whose family – including her 96-year-old grandmother – attended Match Day. “When I opened my envelope, my grandmother cried.”

Eva Munshower’s professional role model has always been her dad, and she is sure of her passion as she continues on her chosen path: “Medicine is my calling; it’s how I want to give back to the community where I grew up.

“It’s what I’ve always dreamed of doing, and it will be a gift to practice here at St. Luke’s like my father.”

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