It's a match: Jefferson medical students receive their residencies

Hadas Kuznits
March 15, 2019 - 5:23 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Friday was a big day for fourth-year medical students around the country: Match Day.

Hundreds of students from Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College shared hugs and tears, celebrating the day where roughly 18,000 medical students across the country received the envelopes that determine their near future.

"Everything leading up to this — from high school to college to killing ourselves in the library — it all comes down to just one letter," said Jefferson student Talia Arceri.

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In Arceri's letter, the West Chester, New York, native explained the place they are matched with is the place where they will be conducting their medical residencies, which, depending on their specialties, will determine the next three to eight years of their lives.

She received her No. 1 choice — a pediatric residency in Pittsburgh — but what happens on the rare occasion that you don’t get matched in your specialty or don’t get a match at all?

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"You could take a year off and re-apply next year," she said. "Or you could see if other specialties have spots open and you could apply for those spots."

Rachael Burke from Blue Bell will be staying at Jefferson for her residency, her first choice.

Opening her envelope was nerve-racking.

"My hands are still shaking," she admitted. "I was so anxious and excited."

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Michael Pintauro from Nashville learned he will get the chance to train to be a urologist. In addition to four years of medical school, he had to complete a long interview and application process for residency.

"This is where it all culminates," he added. "That’s why it feels so good for everyone. Like, they’ve wanted to be a surgeon for their entire lives, and now it’s finally real."

Parents and loved ones waited with flowers and open arms as Pintauro and other Jefferson medical students opened their envelopes.

"Three to upward of eight years of your life is decided today," he continued, "where you’re going to be and what you’re going to train. So it’s a big moment for everyone."