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‘Match Day’ 2013 a success for USA medical students

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N4On March 15 South Alabama senior medical students attended the 2013 National Residency Matching Program to learn where they will be doing their residency training.
This program, also known as Match Day, isn’t a very complicated process like many would believe.Students interview with several different residency programs and provide a list of their top programs. Then the training programs rank the students.  From this the matches are selected for who will go to what residency programs.

Sonia Savani, who matched in combined internal medicine and pediatrics, was ecstatic about the result of her experience. “Words cannot express the feeling of relief, happiness, pure thrill and excitement that washed over me when I read those words (the residency program) on the sheet of paper in front of me.” Savani said.
Savani will be training at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.
Although many residencies will be sending South students all throughout the country, some were matched in programs that will stay right here in Mobile.
Amy Freeman, a medical student who was accepted through South’s Early Acceptance program, was nothing but excited to continue her education at South.
“I am thrilled to be doing my residency here,” Freeman said. “I interviewed with ten other residency programs and South Alabama just stood out to me as the best. The attending physicians are patient and just want to see you become the best doctor possible.”
Freeman matched into the obstetrics and gynecology residency at USA. This is not her only accomplishment; she is also the first person in her family to graduate college and to pursue medical school.
“It was difficult going through Match Day and not be able to have the advice of someone who has done it before,” Freeman explained. “But I have an amazing group of medical school friends that kept me sane through everything.”
Through Match Day over 24, 000 residency positions are competed for across the United States.
Savani closed her interview thanking USA for her time here.
“USA has given me the absolute best education that I could ever have wished for, and I will always be proud to be a jaguar.”
Wherever the matches may take them, USA is proud of our fellow jaguars for their success.

Written by Alyssa Newton | Contributing Writer

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