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A Match Made In Heaven

A Match Made In HeavenOnMarch 17 – "Match Day" – Tufts School ofMedicine students and other medical students around the countryfound out where they would conduct their residencies.Boston

Boston [03.24.05] In the annual rite of Match Day, 155 Tufts 4th yearmedical students gathered together on the Boston campus to openthe envelopes that held the keys to their futures. The ceremony– which informs students where they will complete theirmedical residencies – is among the most anxious and excitingmilestones of medical school.

"I amso relieved, so happy," 26-year-old MD/MBA student JenniferLai told the Boston Herald. Lai was accepted for a residencyin internal medicine at Columbia in New York City.

"It hasbeen agonizing, nerve-wracking and exciting. I would have beenhappy with any choice," she told the newspaper.

Another student,34-year-old MD/PhD student Tarik Alkasab, rejoiced in being acceptedby his first choice, Massachusetts General Hospital.

"It'sexactly what I wanted, It's awesome," he told the Herald."I've been waiting to find out for a long time." Alkasabwill train to become a radiologist.

The BostonGlobe reported that Tufts medical student Robert Hulefeldand his wife, Nicole, celebrated Robert's selection for a residencyat Maine Medical Center in Portland. The couple, according tothe Globe, married in Maine last year and plan to settle downthere.

One-quarterof Tufts medical students are pursuing residencies in internalmedicine, with 10 percent pursuing pediatrics and another 8 percentin general surgery.

All told,42% of the group will pursue specialties in primary care, while23% tackle surgical specialties.

Medical studentsaround the country participate in the anxiety-generating processof Match Day.

“A complicatedcomputer algorithm sorts [students' choices] out and essentiallyassigns students to the highest of their choices that also wantedthem,” the Associated Press described the selection processlast year.














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