Press Release: NRMP Board of Directors Elects New Leadership and Members at its May 2015 Meeting

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP®) Board of Directors welcomes a new Chair and elects new officers and members for terms commencing July 1.

Maria Savoia headshotThe National Resident Matching Program Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Maria C. Savoia, M.D., Dean of Medical Education at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, will become Chair on July 1.

“It is an honor to assume the position of Chair of the National Resident Matching Program,” said Dr. Savoia. “NRMP’s goal is to provide a fair, effective, and reliable process for matching medical students with training programs, and I welcome the opportunity to guide the organization in its continued pursuit of that mission.”

Dr. Savoia received an M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at the UCSD Medical Center with subsequent fellowship training in Infectious Diseases. In addition to her extensive background in medical education research, she engages in infectious disease research and maintains a clinical practice with the Infectious Disease Division of the UCSD Department of Medicine. Dr. Savoia has been a respected medical leader for more than three decades and since 2010 has served as Dean for Medical Education and Professor of Medicine at UCSD.

Since joining the NRMP in 2008, Dr. Savoia has served on the Board of Directors Violations Review Committee and Data Release and Research Committee (DRRC). She has chaired the DRRC since 2009. “As a member of the DRRC, I’ve been able to observe the growing interest in and demand for meaningful information about Match processes and outcomes,” said Dr. Savoia. “I am excited to support the NRMP in its continued efforts to fulfill, if not surpass, the needs of its constituents and consider ways in which to make The Match and its data and resources more meaningful for the community.”

At its May 2015 meeting, the NRMP Board of Directors also elected Dr. Susan Guralnick as Chair-Designate and five new members:

Susan Guralnick, M.D., Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education and Student Affairs and Designated Institutional Official at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York, received an M.D. degree from State University of New York at Buffalo and trained in the General Surgery program at SUNY-Buffalo before completing a residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. She has served as President of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors and Chair of the Federation of Pediatric Organizations. Currently Dr. Guralnick chairs the NRMP Violations Review Committee. She becomes Chair of the NRMP Board of Directors in July 2017.

Dr. Donna Elliott is Senior Associate Dean for Student and Educational Affairs at the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine and a Professor in Clinical Pediatrics at USC. Dr. Elliott earned an M.D. degree from the University of Southern California and completed both residency and fellowship training at the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center, specializing in Pediatrics and Pediatric Nephrology. She has served as Chair of the Undergraduate Medical Education section of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Educational Affairs and of the Western Region of the AAMC Group on Student Affairs (GSA). Currently she is a Member-at-Large of the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Dr. Juliana Bonilla-Velez is an Otolaryngology resident at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She earned a Bachelor’s degree and bilingual diploma from Colegio Colombo Britanico in Cali, Colombia and an M.D. degree from the Universidad del Valle, also in Cali, Colombia. She was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School prior to entering residency. Dr. Bonilla-Velez is a program representative to the Section of Residents and Fellows-in-Training with the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Vivek Kulkarni is an Internal Medicine resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston Massachusetts. He graduated summa cum laude with an A.B. degree in Mathematics and Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis, MO and M.D. and M.H.S. degrees from Yale University School of Medicine. While at Yale, he served on the Curriculum Redesign and Admissions Committees and won several research awards, including a Clinical Research Fellow award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He is an ad-hoc reviewer in Internal Medicine for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Mr. Kipp Johnson is a student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where he is a member of the Medical Scientist Training Program, on track to earn M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. He earned a B.S. (with honors) in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago and was the recipient of a Student Marshal Award, the highest honor bestowed upon students in the College.

Mr. Seth Kelly is a student at Texas A&M University College of Medicine. He earned an A.B. in Philosophy from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland. He has served in several leadership positions within the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), including National Vice President of Leadership and Development and a member of the Board of Trustees. He also maintains the title of Master Firefighter with the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad in Montgomery County, Maryland.

“Each year the NRMP is fortunate to receive applications from many diverse, highly-qualified individuals,” said NRMP current Chair Dr. Hal B. Jenson. “We are delighted to welcome Drs. Elliott, Bonilla-Velez, and Kulkarni and Messrs. Johnson and Kelly to the Board of Directors. I also look forward to Dr. Savoia’s tenure as Chair and am confident her enthusiasm about and commitment to medical education and clinical training will benefit the Board and NRMP constituents.”

Terms of service for new officers and members commence July 1.

The NRMP Match
The Match uses a computerized mathematical algorithm to align the preferences of applicants with the preferences of program directors in order to fill training positions available at U.S. teaching hospitals. Research on the NRMP algorithm was a basis for awarding The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 2012.

About NRMP
The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) is a private, non-profit organization established in 1952 at the request of medical students to provide an orderly and fair mechanism for matching the preferences of applicants for U.S. residency positions with the preferences of residency program directors. In addition to the Main Residency Match, the NRMP conducts Fellowship Matches for more than 50 subspecialties through its Specialties Matching Service® (SMS®).

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