MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - On Friday, March 21, University of South Alabama medical students celebrated a day they have been looking forward to for a long time: Match Day.
Sixty-three med students were told where they will spend the next few years completing their residency – some locally and some far across the nation.
ENTs, radiologists, internal medicine physicians and more walked across the stage Friday morning at the Riverview Hotel in Downtown Mobile pinning their location on a map, indicating where they would complete their residency.
“My name is Amy Boone and I am going into OBGYN and I will be here at the South Alabama Hospitals in Mobile,” said medical student Amy Boone.
Students, alongside family and friends, anxiously awaited where they will be in the immediate future after receiving sealed envelopes that could not be opened until 11 am sharp.
“My name is Zachery Sims. I matched in Emergency Medicine. Madees Brooklyn, New York,” said Zachery Sims.
Some married couples are even going on the new journey together.
“I am so excited. It’s been a long time waiting for this…to have this behind me is just such a relief,” said Ellen Mitchell.
“Oh my gosh. This day means so much. Both the culmination of all the work that I have put into medical school for the four years and it represents a jumping off point for my future. It means everything right now,” said Cara Saltzer.
With these new medical students going into the real world of medicine, some concerns about the nation’s new healthcare system raise questions.
“Especially in emergency, especially this Obamacare stuff. You don’t know what’s going to happen. They say it’s going to be an influx of patients. I think it’ll be alright. I’ll be ok with a pay cut as long as I have a job, I’ll be fine with it. There’s going to be some changes so we’ll see what happens,” said Sims.
“There’s always concern about compensation and concerns about truly being able to help your patients with reform laws and the attitude of the business of medicine instead of just being able to help people…which is why we all went into it. However, we have to mold our practice to the current paradigm of medicine now, which is hard,” said Tiara Murphy.
Whichever route the students take, they could be your next M.D.
Over 400 were in attendance at the event. The next step for the students: report to their respective residencies in July.
FOX10 News wishes these medical students the best of luck in their future endeavors.