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Medical College of Georgia students celebrate their perfect match

Friday, March 21, 2014 3:56 PM
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Guilly Rebagay thrust his arms skyward in triumph as classmates from Medical College of Georgia cheered and screamed around him in Lee Auditorium and he in turn greeted them with a single word mantra.

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Medical College of Georgia students cheer for Amanda Sanders (left, in pink) after she gets her residency match.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
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Medical College of Georgia students cheer for Amanda Sanders (left, in pink) after she gets her residency match.

“Harvard!” he said, exchanging high fives. “Harvard!”

Rebagay was among 207 at the school of medicine at Georgia Regents University who participated in Match Day, an annual ritual that is a mixture of Carnivale, pep rally and rugby scrum as students hug, cry and scream as they are handed an envelope telling them what residency program they matched up with. Students visit residency programs in their fourth year and then turn in a ranked list to the National Resident Matching Program, which then pairs it with a list of students from the residency program and finds the highest match for the student. MCG students did particularly well this year, said Dr. Kathleen M. McKie, the associate dean for student affairs.

“This is the best match we’ve ever had,” she said, with only a handful not finding a position.

Many, like Rebagay, were celebrating their top choice. He will be doing his residency in internal medicine at the Harvard teaching hospital Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

“He’s been dreaming about this since college and elementary” school, said his mother, Winona.

A lot of dreams were fulfilled Friday, not only in getting a coveted spot but students dressed up as someone they wanted to be from childhood. Luke Boone cruised across the auditorium stage on rollerskates en route to learning he will do his residency in general surgery at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

“I connected two dreams – rollerskating and medicine,” he joked.

LaShon Sturgis had a lot of reasons for tearing up when she saw she will be staying in Augusta to do her residency in Emergency Medicine at MCG, one of 24 students staying put. She was surrounded by family and cradling her 20-month-old daughter, Taylor.

“My mom, my dad, my daughter, my husband are all here so we all have our fingers crossed we are not packing boxes next week,” she said before her dream came true. “My my mom moved here a couple of years ago. There is a lot riding on today.”

Josh Bell and Aamne Shalabi put their faith in each other and matched together as a couple so they will be heading to Chicago – she to a pediatric residency at the University of Chicago and he to orthopedic surgery at Rush University Medical Center. Before all the madness and screaming and hugging began, they had a moment to feel a little gratitude.

“Our friends that are here with us today really have gotten us through medical school, a lot of ups and downs and without a strong support network like that it would be extremely tough,” Bell said.

“No matter what it is a good day to see everything you worked for come to fruition,” Shalabi said.

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iaaffg
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iaaffg 03/22/14 - 04:52 am
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let's hope this batch of

let's hope this batch of kiddies learn how to be something more than lackeys for Big Pharma.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/22/14 - 12:59 pm
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And University Hosp. will

And University Hosp. will take how many?

Does GRU Athens graduate THEIR first class this year?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/22/14 - 01:01 pm
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Athens Medical Students Celebrate First Match Day

http://onlineathens.com/health/2014-03-21/athens-medical-students-celebr...

"But the medical students at Athens’ Georgia Regents University-University of Georgia Medical Partnership campus had more to celebrate than learning where they would serve their residencies.

It was Match Day for the first graduating class of medical students educated at the school off Prince Avenue."

rtrct2dok
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rtrct2dok 03/22/14 - 02:19 pm
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Ignorance

To iaaffg

This statement just illustrates a complete lack of understanding of the medical education process. People think doctors are brainwashed about vaccines, medicines, etc from day 1. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are taught how to evaluate evidence objectively. We are taught how to conduct ourselves in a professional and ethical manner. To give just one example, when learning pharmacology we are given only generic names--brand names are never mentioned. This is done purposefully.
We are not lackeys for anyone, and never will be. But you and the anti-vaxxers can just keep you tin foil hats on.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/03/19/291405689/half-of-americans-b...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/22/14 - 04:09 pm
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RTRTC, we get it. That's why

RTRTC, we get it. That's why not many commented. Good luck.

stuaby
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stuaby 03/22/14 - 10:23 pm
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"But you and the anti-vaxxers

"But you and the anti-vaxxers can just keep you tin foil hats on."

Just like you and the other vaunted MD's in this story with your batman outfits on? Yeah, really professional, doc. Instills a lot of confidence.

I'm going to try really hard not to get shot, or anything, and have to rely on someone who can't resist dressing up like an freaking idiot having to pull the bullets out of me...

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corgimom 03/23/14 - 03:31 pm
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I just wish this story was

I just wish this story was discontinued, it's only relevant to a very few people, most people in the CSRA couldn't care less.

They've read this exact same story for years, it isn't news any more.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/23/14 - 03:33 pm
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"I'm going to try really hard

"I'm going to try really hard not to get shot, or anything, and have to rely on someone who can't resist dressing up like an freaking idiot having to pull the bullets out of me..."

But when you have a serious illness, or serious accident, you will be thanking God for doctors and hospitals.

I do not know one single person that has not ever needed to go to a hospital. Live long enough, and you will.

stuaby
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stuaby 03/25/14 - 09:30 pm
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I hear and understand,

I hear and understand, corgimom.

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