New Haven-area medical students celebrate the future at ‘Match Day’

HAMDEN — As the clock ticked toward noon Friday, anxiety grew among 96 Quinnipiac University medical students as they prepared to open a piece of paper that will determine where they will spend the next three to five years.

Party noises, cheers, applause and tears of joy appeared as they counted down the last ten seconds.

“I got Monte!” Christina Nelson of New Haven screamed before turning to hug her family members. “I am very happy. I’m so happy.”

It was a “game day” — some in the field describe it as an NFL draft for doctors. — when graduating medical students across the country are matched with hospitals where they will do their residency.
Among the 96 physicians who graduated, 44 were from Connecticut and nine earned a match in the state.
“I feel extremely excited and grateful to be here,” Nelson said.
Nelson’s top picks were in Connecticut: Middlesex Hospital, UConn Health, Stamford Health and Eastern Connecticut Health Network. She said she has a support system in the state and can meet different types of patients.

New Haven-area medical students celebrate the future at ‘Match Day’

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