Match Day Article Features MI Faculty and Residents

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Michael D. Dake, MD, MBA, senior vice president, University of Arizona Health Sciences and professor of medical imaging, College of Medicine – Tucson
Year of match: 1978
Medical college attended: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
Residency matched with: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
Specialty: Internal Medicine
My memory of that day: I remember having bittersweet emotions – conversations with friends and shared memories, of kegs of beer in white trash cans. It reminds me of a quote from the 1978 Baylor College of Medicine yearbook, Aesculapian: “The years slipped by to wherever old years and minutes go, and suddenly the Match results were out. The last days of med school raced by until the impossibly distant goal of graduation approached impossibly fast. The intensive years with their intense friendships culminated in a dispersion as exciting as it was painful. ‘Dislocations only connect,’ says anthropologist Edmund Carpenter, ‘the rest is silence.’”

Dorothy Gilbertson-Dahdal, MD, professor of medical imaging, College of Medicine – Tucson
Year of match: 
2000Woman (Dr. Dahdal-Gilbertson) holds a photo of her family.Dorothy Dahdal-Gilbertson, MD, holds a photo of her family.
Medical college attended: Albany Medical College, Albany, NY
Residency matched with: Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY
Specialty: Radiology
My memory of that day: A feeling of happiness and gratitude for being able to stay in Albany. Having met my husband, Samir Dahdal, MD, while in medical school – he was a resident in internal medicine while I was a medical student, and he is now a cardiologist at Pima Heart and Vascular – it was clear at that time that we were becoming serious. After the match we became engaged, and I completed my internship in internal medicine at Columbia University/Mary Imogen Bassett in Cooperstown, New York, while he was chief resident at Albany Medical College. We are a happy couple in medicine with three beautiful children – Morgan, Leila and Asa – with an origin that can be traced back to a happy Match Day experience.

A man and woman pose together while he holds up a sign that says "I matched in Radiology at the University of Arizona."Conner Reynolds celebrates his 2021 Match Day experience where he learned he would complete his residency at the College of Medicine – Tucson. With him is his fiancé, Aubrey Ingram, who would follow him a year later.

Conner Reynolds, DO
Year of match: 2021
Medical college attended: University of North Texas Health Science Center – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Worth, Texas
Residency matched with: College of Medicine – Tucson
Specialty: Diagnostic Radiology
My memory of that day: On Match Day 2021, I felt excited that the dreams I chased for so long were finally becoming a reality. I felt proud to be the first member of my family to graduate from college and embark on a career as a physician. I felt overwhelming gratitude for the unwavering support of family, friends and mentors throughout my journey, and bittersweet that I couldn’t bring everyone with me to Arizona. Match Day also marked a significant milestone for my fiancé and I, as it brought us one step closer to training and beginning our lives together. (His fiancé, Aubrey Ingram, is below.)

Aubrey Ingram, DO
Year of match: 2022A man and woman look at the woman's Match Day letter.Aubrey Ingram reacts to the Match Day letter.
Medical college attended: Midwestern University – Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Glendale, Arizona
Residency matched with: College of Medicine – Tucson
Specialty: Emergency Medicine
My memory of that day: The most memorable moment of Match Day was seeing the joy on my family’s faces as they watched my fiancé and my dreams come true. Conner and I were student body presidents of our medical schools. Through this leadership role, we traveled often for conferences which allowed us to meet, become best friends and ultimately fall in love. After learning Conner had matched to the University of Arizona for radiology, I was also offered an opportunity to rotate here as a fourth-year medical student and absolutely adored the program as well as its people. My Match Day rounded out our story knowing that we would be able to complete our training together at the University of Arizona. It was truly the start to our happily ever after.


Release Date: 
03/15/2023 - 4:15pm
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