HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It was a defining moment for more than 65 University of Hawaii medical students on Friday when they each learned where they would spend the next two to eight years of their lives for residency training.
During "Match Day" – a highly anticipated day when medical students across the nation simultaneously open envelopes containing their program information – the 35 men and 31 women of the John A. Burns School of Medicine class of 2015 found out which programs they were accepted into. States include Hawaii, California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts, Washington, Arizona, Illinois and Minnesota.
Over the past few months months, students have worked tirelessly for their matches, traveling all over the country to interview at programs and narrowing down their choices.
"It was an exhilarating moment," said UH medical student Cori Hanagami, who matched at the University of California at Davis. "I definitely want to come back home though and practice after, but I am glad I got my first choice."
Among the many specialties, students will focus on internal medicine, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, dermatology, pediatrics and more. More than half of the class of 2015 will practice primary care medicine, according to the U.S. News and World Report.
The National Resident Matching Program determines the students' programs via computer.