'Match Day' pairs fourth-year medical students with start of career

March 16, 2018 07:09 PM

ALBANY - One of the biggest days for medical college students was Friday. Across the country, fourth-year students learned where they'll be doing their residency. It's called "Match Day” and it's filled with cheers and some tears. This year's class of 147 is one of the biggest in recent years.

At noon on Friday in Albany and across the country, the students learned where they'll be starting their careers as doctors. Balloons were popped and the students found their match written on a small piece of paper mixed in with the confetti.

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"Match Day” is when these doctors-to-be learn where they'll be doing their residency.

It's often a family affair - with parents and siblings joining in the celebration.

"It's one of the biggest days. It's where you're going to get your future training and where you might start your life,” noted Elizabeth Bobersky of Slingerlands.

Her match is at UMass where she'll train in family medicine. As she explains, family is her focus, so this choice of specialty is a perfect fit. 

Daniel Fernandez is also a local - an Albany High grad. He's staying local. His match is Albany Med in pediatrics. His specialty was shaped by his own health challenge and he says he wants to give back.

"When I was younger and diagnosed with leukemia, that really sparked my interest in medicine -- and so from that point on that was my goal and so from that point I thought I would be doing this one day. But I wasn't sure about pediatrics, but I think I'm in the right field,” he explained.

Now it's full steam ahead to graduation in May. Who knows -- one of these young faces may belong to the hands that will heal you or your loved ones in the years ahead.

This was also the biggest group of fourth years nationwide.


Benita Zahn

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