U of A med school students open envelopes sealing their fate

PHOENIX - Every year, fourth-year medical students across the country line up at exactly the same time and open up envelopes with their futures inside.

It's called Match Day, and at the University of Arizona Phoenix College of Medicine, it's a big day. Inside the envelopes are the students' placements for their residencies.

"I'm having multiple people read the paper to make sure it says what I think it says," said Tabarik Al-Abbad, but her friends call her Tabs.

Tabs has been coming to the match ceremony every year of med school, but today, her name was on one of the sealed envelopes.

"My No. 1 choice was Maricopa Medical Center, and I didn't think I was going to get as emotional as I did when I saw the paper," she said.

The experience is equally emotional for all 80 students graduating this year. Every one of them placed. 

Twenty-nine of the students will stay in Arizona for residency, 51 will be going out of state for programs ranging from family medicine to general surgery, pediatric surgery and everything in between.

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