Match Day for USA Medical Students

Match Day for USA Medical Students

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MOBILE, Ala. - After four years of medical school, comes the next phase of their medical training for 63 University of South Alabama Medical students.

Each student received their envelope for residency school.

"It represents a jumping off point for my future. It means everything right now," said Cara Stalzer, who was accepting to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Some, more anxious than others, chose to open it with family at the table. Tiara Murphy found out she's going to Tulane University in New Orleans and says she knew she wanted to be a surgeon since second grade.

"I did 14 interviews all over the country. It took a lot of hard work and long hours and dedication to get here, and I got the place I really wanted which is amazing," Murphy said.

Others waited to open while standing at the podium before colleagues like Zachary Simms, who was accepted Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, "It's nerve-wrecking to think of it for the many months up to now so I'm just really glad to be done with it."

One by one, each student announced their school with pride. All ready for the road ahead and in tune with future concerns.

"Especially with the Obamacare stuff. You don't know what's gonna happen. They say it's going to be an influx of patients. I think it'll be alright though. I'll be ok with a pay cut, as long as I have a job, I'm fine with it," said Simms.

"We have to mold our practice to the current paradigm. Which is hard," said Murphy.

With lots of cheers and lots of hugs students got their match, knowing all their hard work has paid off.

"I've watched them grow, and and it's just thrilling to be able to see them fulfill their dreams," said Susan LeDoux, Associate Dean of Medical Education at USA.

This year, 98.5 percent of students in South Alabama's College of Medicine were successful in being matched, compared to 94 percent of all students across the nation.
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