LECOM Bradenton hosts Hospital Day
Students meet with hospital representatives

Patricia Matto, D.O., was more than happy to field questions from eager LECOM Bradenton students regarding clinical rotations, internships and residency opportunities.

It wasn't that long ago that Matto was in the same position as a member of LECOM's Class of 1997.

LECOM Bradenton third-year osteopathic medical student Monique Sajjad hears about residency opportunities from Hina Siddiqui, D.O.

"Start early, organize well and plan ahead," said Matto to the current group of osteopathic medical students at LECOM Bradenton's annual Hospital Day on Nov. 13. "When choosing a specialty or residency, it's important to think long term."

Matto represented Aultman Hospital - a LECOM affiliate - in Canton, Ohio. Aultman was one of 43 hospitals from 10 states to participate in the event, held at the Harvest United Centre in Bradenton, Fla.

Hospital Day is a time for current LECOM osteopathic medical students to learn about clinical rotations, internships and residency options that are available at hospitals around the country.

"This is a great opportunity for students to see what opportunities are available at various hospitals with teaching programs," said Robert George, D.O., LECOM Bradenton Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

Second-year LECOM Bradenton medical student Esther Mihindu said the event was very helpful.

"As a second-year (medical) student, it helps to talk to people about rotations and plan down the road for residencies," she said. "It is great that the DMEs (directors of medical education) were here to answer questions."

November 13, 2008
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