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Baylor Medical Students Learn Their Fate At Match Day 2016

A group of 177 students found out where they will do their residency.


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Match Day 2016 was held at Baylor's courtyard, located in the college's main campus in the Texas Medical Center.
Al Ortiz
Match Day was held at Baylor's courtyard, located in the college's main campus in the Texas Medical Center.

Baylor College of Medicine held its 2016 Match Day on March 18th.

This is the event is when fourth year medical students learn the medical institutions they have been paired with for their residency.

Baylor's courtyard was filled with 177 medical students, along with their families and friends, who were thrilled to learn where they will continue their studies for the next three to seven years.

Omar Merchant, a 25 year-old from Houston who will continue studying at Baylor, wants to work in general medicine.

But, once he is working full time as a doctor, Omar also wants to go a step further.

"I’d like to get involved in public policy, both locally and nationally, to improve health disparity issues in our country, to improve access and education for patients so that people can be empowered to take care of their own health," explains Omar.

As opposed to Omar, Paige Kennedy, the 2016 class president, is moving from Houston.

She was matched with the University of Chicago to prepare herself to be an Ear-Nose-Throat specialist, what is commonly known as an ENT.

Paige acknowledges she is excited and a little bit overwhelmed at the same time.

"I’m looking forward to finally having some real responsibilities and feeling like I’m actually making a difference when I show up to work every day," notes the 26 year-old from Lafayette, Louisiana, "but I’m definitely scared of the same exact thing. I’m scared of the responsibilities and I’m a little bit afraid of being more independent, but I’ll catch on."

According to Baylor, 47 percent of the students that participated in Match Day 2016 will be entering primary care residency programs in fields such as family medicine, gynecology and pediatrics, among others.

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