Med Students Celebrate Match Day

Match Day -- the day when thousands of medical students across the country find out where they'll be doing their residency -- filled the Texas Medical Center with sounds of laughter, cheers and excitement. Houston Public Radio's Laurie Johnson has more.

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Lindsay Crawford is a fourth-year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine.

"Amazingly I slept like a rock last night, but as soon as I woke up I thought that I might, you know, get sick. I've been so nervous so I'm so glad it's over. You know, I cried...so it's very exciting for us."

Crawford matched at one of her top choices, a hospital in Ft. Worth where she'll specialize in orthopedic surgery. She's one of 81 women and 80 men at Baylor who found out where they'll spend the next three to seven years of their lives. Baylor College of Medicine Senior Vice President and Dean of Clinical Affairs Dr. Jay Stein says he remembers his own match day 46 years ago.

"The truth is that your life is much more affected by where you do your residency training than by where you go to medical school. So I was at University of Tennessee, and I got my little slip and it said I'm going to the University of Iowa and, so that changed my whole life. Three weeks after I got there I met my wife-to-be and so it's everything."

This year, 60 of the students matched at Baylor, including Fourth-Year Class President Stacey Rose.

"You know, you start school and you don't quite know whether you're going to be able to cut it. And then you figure out you can. And then you figure out that there's all these amazingly wonderful people that are riding along in this somewhat bumpy roller coaster with you. And then of course today is sort of the climax of all of that and there are really are smiles and tears and it's very momentous."

Match Day is a national program that matches medical students around the country with residency positions at hundreds of teaching hospitals. Nearly 20,000 students match every year. Laurie Johnson, Houston Public Radio News.

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