Augusta, Ga. (WJBF) – Excitement ran high at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) as 233 fourth-year students learned where they will continue their training as residents.
“I am so happy right now,” said Jaharris Collier, who landed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University. “It’s a long time in the coming, but emotions…I can’t describe my emotions right now. It’s every positive emotion you can imagine right now is flowing through me.”
At the annual “Match Day” Friday, the future doctors donned wild costumes in this year’s theme “childhood heroes,” and cheered on their classmates as each student received an envelope that contained their residency “match,” whether in Augusta or across the country.
“All the emotions just kind of pop off when you finally go down and get your envelope that says where you’re going, and it just kind of blows the lid,” Collier said. And you just are overwhelmed with happiness once you find out.”
One hundred percent of the class of 2016 got matched. They will continue their careers across 34 states in 24 specialties.
“We’re very happy to be wherever we’re going to be at. We’re just happy to match. That’s the most important thing,” said Koosh Desai, who will be an internal medicine resident at MCG. “And if you get where you want to get, that’s like an extra bonus.”
After years of hard work, they’ve earned it.
“I’m ready,” said Laura Malone, who will be a pathology resident at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. “It’s about time.”