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Match Day for medical students


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SALT LAKE CITY -- It was judgment day for University of Utah medical students.

It's actually called Match Day, where students learn where they will live the next three years.

This is where fourth-year medical students -- not just at the University of Utah, but across the country -- find out where they will complete residency as a new doctor.

In the weeks leading up to this day, students rank their top choices for residency programs. Then, after interviews and applications, those programs decide if they like the student. If they do, it's a match.

Medical student Cameron Beck matched at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Ind. It's the first choice for Beck and his family. "It's a big relief, a big step forward to see someone likes me enough to want me to come for three years," he said.

Not everyone gets their top pick, so it can either be a really good day or a really bad day for students.

As for Beck and his family and all the other students here, now comes the planning.

"We can start looking for a house, looking at a moving company to get us out there, looking to the future," Beck said.

And now they are all officially doctors.

Beck adds, "And I'll actually be making money instead of just paying it."

E-mail: abutterfield@ksl.com

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