UT Medical Students Meet Their Match

It was a big day for some 200 seniors at the University of Texas Medical School. Houston Public Radio's Pat Hernandez says they found out where they will be doing their residency.

The annual event called Match Day, is coordinated by The National Resident Matching Program. Under a clear sky, the students gathered in Webber Plaza behind the medical school for the day of reckoning. Doctor Giuseppe Colasurdo, dean of the UT Medical School says It is crucial because some 16,000 medical school seniors compete with 15,000 independant applicants for approximately 24,000 residency programs here and across the country.

The passion and excitement drives most of what we do. So, clearly for the students this is their day. The purpose of any UT school is to train students and keep them within the state. The challenge we have these days is obviously to maintain physicians in areas that are not close to big cities. Everybody wants to be clustered around big cities. But, having a class of medical students going into residency and 60-percent going into the state for us is a great accomplishment.

Colasurdo says it is their hope that students will stay in Texas to fulfill the school's mission, to train and keep them here. Maragert McNeese, associate dean says it's one of the lasting memories in anybody's medical career.

It's gut wrenching. I mean, your heart is in your stomach. I went through what was called the couples match when I was married at the time. We had to go to same institution and it worked out that we both ended up in Galveston. We did it in a room and we stood at four corners of the room, thinking I wasn't going to be able to stand it. So it's amazing the tension and the excitement and the emotion that is involved in this day.

McNeese says they're proud of this year's class that showed a lot of character.

You work  yourself into a frazzle to get to medical school and then you work very hard when you're in medical school...to be able to have choices and go where you would like to go and train the way you would like to train. We're very proud that 60-percent of our students are going to stay in Texas because where you train is oftentimes where you end up living and so I think that's why we're so pleased that they're gonna be here...Randall Camarillo.

Randall Camarillo says this moment is a major milestone in his life.

I think this is probably at the top you know, really decides on your future for the rest of the year for the rest of your life, actually and getting into med schools is one stepping stone. This is the next stepping stone.

After all the sealed assignments are handed out, the moment of truth for Matt and his fellow classmates.

Three, two, one...UT Houston.

This year's top choices for the UT Med students, internal medicine, anesthesiology and general surgery.

Pat Hernandez, Houston Public Radio News.

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Pat Hernandez is a general assignments reporter who joined the KUHF news staff in February of 2008...