Gainesville, Fla. — Fourth year medical students at the University of Florida found out where they would complete their residencies on Friday inside the Stephen O’ Connell Center.
For many, the day comes after eight years of hard work and overcoming obstacles.
"It’s been such a crazy journey to say the least, so for it to come into such a beautiful day like match day is an honor,” UF Medical student Nazokato Usmanova said.
UF medical student, Brittany Newby said it means practicing in a field of medicine she loves.
"I think this is a wonderful opportunity for me to be able to give back. Children are very resilient and they want to get better. It’s just a privilege to serve that population of patients,” Newby said.
Residency programs mean at least three more years of medical training before students are able to get their license to practice medicine.
Newby said it’s a chance for her to make a difference in the lives of young children.
"I feel really blessed to be able to make positive impacts in children's lives and patient's lives moving forward. It’s definitely a dream come true."