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Matthew Pickich
Class of 2020
Auburn Campus
Prior School: 
Delta State University
Degree: 
Biology
Hometown: 
Biloxi, MS

Matthew Pickich

One of the biggest draws to the school was how friendly the faculty was and how vastly different the interview interactions were from other institutions. The faculty and staff here at Auburn are what sets our program apart from many others. After having made it through the first year and looking back, I couldn’t be more satisfied or see myself anywhere else.
Matthew PickichMatthew Pickich

The reason I chose VCOM-Auburn is

When I was applying to medical school, a few of my classmates from Mississippi College were already students in the inaugural class at VCOM–Auburn. They spoke very highly of the institution, the staff and the program, so I applied. When I arrived at the school on interview day, I was still not quite sure what my next step would be. Halfway through the day, I had made up my mind – VCOM–Auburn was where I wanted to be. My need for mission opportunities was in line with the purpose of the school: to train physicians for the medically underserved regions of the Southeast and Appalachian region of the US. One of the biggest draws to the school was how friendly the faculty was and how vastly different the interview interactions were from other institutions. The faculty and staff here at Auburn are what sets our program apart from many others. After having made it through the first year and looking back, I couldn’t be more satisfied or see myself anywhere else.

I enjoy living in Auburn because

Auburn is a beautiful SEC school and a nice area to live in as well. Auburn is just the right sized town, not too big, not too small. It is fairly easy to get where you need to go in a timely manner and not get caught in traffic. There are many great places to live where you can get away from the younger undergraduate atmosphere and have a quiet place to study if you like to study at home. Auburn has a great athletics program and offers many events throughout the year that a student at VCOM can easily go to when time allows. The biggest sports attractions for me has to be the football and swimming programs. I look forward to this football season and hopefully I can make it to a few more games than I did last year. If I can make a few swim meets this year that would be fantastic as well.

When I am not studying I enjoy

Most often, when I am not at school or studying for class, I can be found in Biloxi with my dad working construction projects or out on the water fishing. There always seems to be a project laying around to work on at home. Maybe a boat needs fiberglass laid, a boat motor needs work or semi-finished pieces of wood laying off to the side waiting to be incorporated into the next project. I build tables, bookshelves odds and ends. It is whatever the moment calls for. However, here at Auburn, I tend to have less free time. Mostly I’ll set aside time on Friday evenings to grill with my roommates in the back yard. It really has become something the three of us look forward to doing in order to put a pin in the week and move on to the next one.

My future plan is

When I have graduated from VCOM-Auburn, I plan to return home to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and practice emergency medicine. A good majority of my extended family resides within a few coastal towns in Mississippi and it is important for me to be able to return to my family and serve that area medically. I also plan to return to swimming again, possibly as a coach, but more likely I would like to serve as a doctor for the local club team. This would be a great opportunity to continue practicing OMM and to provide a demonstration of what makes an osteopathic physician unique to younger generations coming up.