A TCOM couple waits for a “match”

Shane and Pilar Rainey

For medical students Shane and Pilar Rainey, the biggest challenge of newlywed life is choosing a residency where both will thrive.

Residency – typically three years – is the necessary training that follows graduation and precedes independent practice. On Friday, medical students all over the nation will learn where they’ve “matched” with a hospital residency. It’s nerve-racking. Doubly so for couples who don’t want to split up.

The Raineys, students in UNT Health Science Center’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, are hoping to get good news from OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill.

Yes, Peoria. The decision was quite a process.

The Raineys married Sept. 27, 2014. Then they started navigating the professional and relationship challenges of sticking together while pursuing their careers.

They planned their residency strategy for months. “We had great advisers here at the Health Science Center,” Shane said. “The Student Development and Career Services departments worked closely with us on our couples plan.”

They interviewed all over Texas, the Midwest and the Northeast. Then there was a two-week impassioned discussion – or as Shane said, “a cage match.”

Ultimately, as professional couples often do, they compromised. “But OSF Saint Francis’ tremendous respect for life is paramount,” Pilar said. “That respect mirrors this University’s dedication to prevention.”

The Raineys say it would be a good place for her obstetrical residency and his in pediatrics.

Pilar and Shane Rainey are crossing their fingers that good news arrives via email midday Friday. Then they’ll celebrate with classmates at a campus reception, and on Sunday with their families over brunch.

“We’re very hopeful,” Shane said. “TCOM has a reputation for producing good residents.”

Recent News

Ram flyer
  • Community
|Nov 23, 2022

Free pop-up medical, vision and dental clinic is just a week away

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth and Remote Area Medical – RAM® — a nonprofit provider of pop-up clinics that delivers free quality dental, vision and medical care to those in need — are bringing the free health care clinic to Dallas on Dec. 3 and 4. After th...
Mathis, Borjas, Luna Smith Hsc Teaching Chair
  • Community
|Nov 18, 2022

HSC partners with Fort Worth ISD to honor outstanding science teacher 

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth is committed to supporting science and health education for students at all levels of their academic journeys.  Since last year, HSC has sponsored Fort Worth Independent School District’s Chair for Teaching Excellence in Seconda...
Dr. Sid O'Bryant
  • Research
|Nov 14, 2022

Key study results from HSC’s Institute for Translational Research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease

Findings from a recent study by the team at the Institute for Translational Research led by Dr. Sid O’Bryant at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth have been published by the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. The article, “Characterization of Mild Cognitive Impairme...
John Mulstad
  • Our People
|Nov 11, 2022

Recognizing veterans in HSC’s School of Health Professions

Today, and every day, we are proud to recognize the faculty, staff and students of the School of Health Professions who have answered the selfless call to serve as health care providers and in their country's military. We commend and celebrate the patriotism, sacrifices and selfless service of al...