165 UT students learned where they will serve their residencies Friday.
Out of the 165, 62 students will remain in Ohio.
MAUMEE, OH (Toledo News Now) -
At noon Friday, fourth-year medical students at the University of Toledo joined their peers across the country for Match Day, as they sprint across the room, tear open their envelopes and learn where they will serve their residencies.
At UT, 165 students in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences received the news at the 2013 Residency Match Reception at the Pinnacle in Maumee. The event began at 11 a.m. with the envelope-opening ceremony at noon.
Students spend months interviewing at residency programs across the country, searching for the ideal place to learn their chosen specialties. Students ranked their top institutional choices, and academic medical centers across the country ranked their top student choices. A computer program administered by the National Resident Matching Program then puts the students and residencies together.
A total of 1,700 students nationwide participated in Match Day. Out of the 165 UT students, 62 will train in the Buckeye State.
"I've been waiting a long time for this. It's been a lifelong goal. I've been wanting to do this since I was 4 or 5. I would like to thank God first of all. I'm kind of in awe right now. I'm surprised I'm not crying," said Victor Parker III, a pediatrics specialty.
Depending on the specialty, residencies can last between three to seven years, and has a major impact on the training and lives of the medical students. Residents are licensed physicians who care for patients under the supervision of attending physicians, and represent the physician workforce of tomorrow.