The Helping Our Students Travel (HOST) program matches fourth-year students with Ohio State alumni physicians throughout the country for hospitality during residency interviews.
Anthony Melaragno, MD ’73, who recently hosted student Brian Myers at his home in Portland, Ore., says he enjoyed hearing first-hand about the new Lead. Serve. Inspire. curriculum, and about Brian’s plans for the future. “I urge fellow alumni to host students—it was very enriching,” says Dr. Melaragno. “When I was in medical school, it cost about $600 a year—today’s students are facing huge expenses—many graduate with more than $150,000 in debt. They need our help through the HOST program, as well as through scholarships,” he adds. “Dr. Melaragno and his wife were incredibly gracious,” says Myers. “Their having shown me around Portland helped put the prospective residency program in context and it was so great spending time with fellow Buckeyes. I plan to give back by hosting students myself one day,” adds Myers, who is vice president of the Inter-Professional Council for the class of 2015.
With the help of Buckeye alumni, 43 student-alumni connections were made, providing lodging, transportation and networking connections for students in 2014. If you are a student or alumnus, please complete an interest form at go.osu.edu/ HOST—the Alumni Affairs staff will be in touch to make a connection!