Twelve APU Alumni Matched with Medical Residencies

by Logan Cain

On March 17, 12 Azusa Pacific University alumni, now fourth year medical students, were matched with residencies in the specialties of their choice.

“The residency pairing process is like draft day in professional sports,” said Jon Milhon, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Biology and Chemistry. “Our medical students’ careers were on the line, and they were on the edge of their seats.” Match day culminates weeks of interviews, after which students rank their top locations for residencies while hospitals and universities rank their top interviewing students. These rankings are entered into a computer database that determines where students will be placed for their residencies. The final decision left APU’s medical student alumni feeling triumphant. While not every student was matched with their ideal residency location, all 12 were paired with a residency in their preferred specialty.

“It was a big day for APU,” said Milhon. He attests that the academic and professional skills students learn during their time at APU contribute to their success. “Scores on board exams play a role in the match and our students are well prepared for the rigors of medical school,” he said. Milhon also attributes alumni success to a long history of producing students who interview well. “APU does an excellent job mentoring students, developing bright, articulate, and confident graduates,” he said.

Alum Jaycen Brown, M.D., whose residency is in Orthopedic Surgery at Texas A&M, agrees. “My APU professors broadened my ethical and personal perspective of the world, allowing me to keep an open mind and a firm commitment to my core beliefs and values even in challenging, oppositional, and demanding environments,” said Brown. “I am grateful for the opportunity to train in orthopedic surgery, learning the skills I need to care for people's functional deficits and traumatic injuries.”

This year’s alumni, their medical school alma maters, and their residency specialties and locations are as follows:

  • Austin Tenney '12, D.O., Rocky Vista University, Emergency Medicine at Rochester University, New York
  • Dan Maring '11, D.O., Michigan State University, Family Medicine at Metrohealth in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Peter Fredricks '11, M.D., University of Illinois, Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Alex Woodrow '12, D.O., Des Moines University, Anesthesiology at University of Iowa, Iowa City
  • Narges Horriat '11, M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin, Plastic Surgery at University of Mississippi, Oxford
  • Ryon Maland '11, M.D., Drexel University, Internal Medicine at Kaiser, Santa Clara, California
  • Jaycen Brown '10, M.D., University of Arizona, Orthopedic Surgery at Texas A&M, College Station
  • Daniel Shouldice '13, M.D., University California Davis, Emergency Medicine at University of Washington, Seattle
  • Caleb Scarth '12, D.O., Western University, Emergency Medicine at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
  • Mitch Seman '12, M.D., Creighton University, Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Marie Sharpe '11, M.D., University of Miami, OB/GYN at Loma Linda University, California
  • Daniel Leininger '12, D.O., Western University, Internal Medicine at Loma Linda University, California

Logan Cain '18 is a public relations intern in the Office of University Relations. He is a biblical studies and humanities major in the Honors College.