Over 30 medical students connect with alumni volunteers across the country during the 2012-2013 interview season.
Now concluding its fourth year, HOST (Helping Our Students Travel) remains one of the Medical Alumni Society’s most engaging programs. The program’s plan is simple. Students who are traveling for interviews are m
atched with alumni in those cities. Cleveland, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and Chapel Hill are among the popular student destinations.
Alumni say the HOST program is a great way to stay connected to Ohio State and learn from the next generation of physicians. Student feedback from this program has been equally positive. Students appreciate being able to travel without the expense of lodging and also benefit from the knowledge and experience our alumni share about cities and hospitals where students may be continuing their training.
Over 55 new alumni from cities across the country have volunteered to host fourth-year medical students traveling for residency interviews this year. The Alumni Affairs Office has received numerous student requests and made close to 30 successful matches. Several alumni volunteers even hosted students on multiple occasions!
Perhaps most impressive of all, students save an average of $250 a visit, totaling over $7,000 in savings for this interview season alone, through the generosity of the alumni who provided lodging, transportation and meals. A special thanks to the generous and hospitable alumni who offered an incredible experience to our traveling students.
“I had a great time staying with my alumni HOST. He and his wife were very welcoming, his home was beautiful and I was so thankful for the invaluable insight he provided about the institution and area where I was interviewing.” said Cassie Majestic , a Med 4 who traveled to Richmond, VA in December and stayed with Jeffrey Green, MD, ‘96, an anesthesiologist at Virginia Commonwealth University – Medical Center.
While the current interview season is coming to a close, it’s not too late to get involved! Requests for new cities come in every year, and the alumni office is always happy to expand its network of alumni HOSTS. If you are willing to serve as a host to future Buckeye physicians, please complete the online interest form. You can provide anything from overnight lodging and meals to simply a phone call to assist a student as he/she interviews in your area.