GALVESTON, TX - It's Match Day, the day medical students across the country open a long-awaited envelope and… drum roll… find out where they will be doing their residency. On Friday, emotions ran high at UTMB Galveston.
"We have over 200 of our seniors graduating," explained Jeffrey Rabek, PhD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions. "This is an exciting day for them; they all found out today where they gonna spend the next three or four years as they do their residency training."
Many couldn't hide their tears. "This is just a dream come true," cried Agnes Usoro, "because I've been waiting for this for so long." Families came en masse to show how proud they are of the new graduates.
"I cannot express how I feel," said Agnes' mother, Aniefiok. She came from Nigeria many years ago. "I'm so grateful to God. The time went so fast: it's unbelievable that my little baby got it done!"
These students are the people who will be taking care of your health very soon.
"I'm specializing in family medicine," expressed Jonathan Shie. "My eventual goal is to… I just want to be a doctor that provides whatever the community really needs." He was the first to pick up his envelope, but waited until his parents came to open it.
And while most of these almost-physicians have the honorable aspiration of helping people and giving back to the community, there's one guy who came just for the money.
"Everyone has to go one by one to get their letters of Match Day", described Yamal Taha, "and basically the last person has to wait through the whole process; so what we do is that one person at a time drops a dollar in a basket, and the last person wins the money pot so I was that person today."
Yamal said those $218 will be used to pay for the beer, or maybe that's just the co-pay.
"This moment is just kind of surreal," Julie Croley. "For the past four years I've just worked so hard to get to this point."
Off they go to make their dreams come true. And here's Dr. Rabek's message for the trip: "Make UTMB proud."
Are you listening, Doc?