On Thursday, Match Day, Jim Lynch and his fellow fourth-year medical students at UTMB will learn where they will do their residencies to continue their medical educations. “While every student works hard to achieve a medical degree, and this group had to endure a hurricane, Lynch required more than the usual perseverance” as a nontraditional student, wrote Maureen Balleza of UTMB’s Office of Public Affairs. When Lynch’s fellow classmate, Titilope Ishola, picks up her medical degree in June, it will be the second advanced degree she will have received in a month and mark a milestone at the medical branch. She will be the first African-American to graduate from the medical branch’s combined M.D./Ph.D. program.

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