UCLA medical students brace for news at residency 'Match Day'

March 30, 2009
Estimated read time: 3 minutes


Thursday, March 19

  • 8 a.m.: Students and families arrive for check-in and breakfast.
  • 8:45 a.m.: Welcome by Dr. Neil Parker, senior associate dean of student affairs at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
  • 9 a.m.: Students at UCLA (and across the country) open their envelopes.


Covel Commons, third-floor Grand Ballroom, 330 De Neve Dr., on the UCLA campus


The following students and others are available for interviews:

Carolina Maria Covarrubias, 27 (Santa Ana, Calif.)

The second-eldest of eight daughters, Covarrubias considered a career in pediatrics. But her Spanish fluency helped her find her niche in medical school, as Hispanic patients confided how depression and anxiety were undermining their physical health. By pursuing a residency in psychiatry, Covarrubias aims to address mental health disparities in the Latino community.

Barkha Gurbani, 26 (Orange, Calif.)

Prior to entering medical school, Gurbani worked as a Fulbright scholar with HIV/AIDS widows in her parents' native India. She has chosen to follow her father into orthopedic surgery — a rare field for female physicians. Engaged to be married next year, she is anxious to discover whether she and her fiancé have matched for the same teaching hospital.

Esther Oh, 25 (Cerritos, Calif.)

Despite what she says is some Asians' lack of respect for the field of psychiatry — including her chagrined Korean parents — Oh is adamant about the need for child psychiatrists who can speak the same language as their patients. She looks forward to training in psychiatry in order to destigmatize mental disorders as treatable medical problems.

Cherie Cross, 24 (Culver City, Calif.)

Cross earned two national scholarships for her academic career, was chosen for the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha and is a regional leader of the oldest and largest U.S. organization for African American medical students. She is eager to learn where she will launch her obstetrics and gynecology residency — as is her boyfriend, Carl, who will move with her to a new city.


Elaine Schmidt, UCLA Health Sciences Media Relations

310-794-2272 (office) | 310-597-5767 (cell) | [email protected]


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Media Contact:
Elaine Schmidt
(310) 794-2272
[email protected]


Media Contact

Elaine Schmidt
(310) 794-2272
[email protected]