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USA medical students celebrate Match Day

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USA Match Day 2016 (Photo: Michael Brannon, FOX10 News) USA Match Day 2016 (Photo: Michael Brannon, FOX10 News)

On Friday, medical students at the University of South Alabama celebrated a day they have been looking forward to for a long time: Match Day.

Seventy-four medical students learned where they will spend the next few years completing their residencies. Some will be far away...others will be right back at South Alabama.

It is a rite of passage for medical students as thousands across the nation found out Friday morning where the they will be for the next three to seven years, depending on their residency. Students, family, and friends anxiously waited for results as students received sealed envelopes that could not be open until 11 am sharp.

At that time, the bell was rung...and hugging, hand shakes, and tears began.

Sarah Harrison, from Theodore, when to South Alabama for medical school and will return for her residency.

"We just have a great group of physicians and South," said Harrison. The surgeons there are phenomenal. I'm just really, really excited to learn as much as I can from them and carry that on in my career. South is very much my home."

Brandon Finnorn, of Mobile, went to LSU for his undergrad but no he will head to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in pediatrics.

"I'm excited because it's an important thing for me because my fiancé already lives up there. She is a petroleum engineer in Pittsburgh. I really like the city. I've been up there a lot. I'm excited to be up there," said Finnorn.

"It's really the culmination of everything we work toward. Our curriculum is designed to help them be competitive. They are competitive and go to the places where their hearts' desire. It's like you're a parent when your children get to do what they want to do," said Dr. Susan LeDoux, associate dean of medical education and student affairs at the USA College of Medicine. 

Whichever route the students take in their field, they could be your next doctor. More than 700 were in attendance at the Mobile Convention Center. The next step for students: report to their assigned residences in July.

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