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A Date With Fate

A Date With FateTufts fourth-year medical students – and thousands nationwide – found out where they will begin the next leg of their training during 2003 Match Day. Boston.

Boston [03.24.03] The screams of excitement at Tufts' School of Medicine at exactly noon on Thursday were echoed around the country, as 15,000 of the nation's doctors-to-be experienced their date with fate. An annual rite of passage, Match Day pairs fourth year medical students with the hospitals and clinics where they'll complete their residency programs.

"I'm so excited," Lauren Cornella told The Boston Herald. The Tufts medical school student matched to her first choice: an anesthesiology program at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital.

This year, anesthesiology is increasingly popular among medical students selecting their residencies.

"There has been a shortage and students are responding to the market," Dr. Amy Kuhlik, dean of students at Tufts' School of Medicine, told the Herald.

For Cornella, the choice was easy.

"There are so many opportunities in anesthesiology now," she told the Herald. "It's an exciting field and it's really what I enjoy the most."

According to Kuhlik, urology, pediatrics and ophthalmology are among the other popular choices for this year's graduating medical students.

"[Kuhlik said] by contrast, students are staying away from obstetrics-gynecology, because of the rising costs of malpractice insurance for that specialty," reported the Herald. "Nine percent of the OB-GYN residencies nationally went unfilled.

But Revital Gorodeski, another student at Tufts' medical school, told the Herald that she's going to pursue OB-GYN despite the insurance costs.

"You can impact a person's life in so many ways," she told the newspaper. "I'm not going into this for the money."



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