ROCKFORD (WIFR) – The wait is over for future doctors across the country, they now know where they'll be headed for the next step in their medical career.
On match day in Rockford, 44 students from the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine learned where they'll be headed for their residencies. The students were placed in programs in 15 states in 14 different specialties. Some stay right here, including Dr. Matthew Thomas. His match day was two years ago, he's about to start his third year of residency where he’ll be mentoring some of the students who got matched Friday to the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine program in Rockford.
“The transition was scary at first but after a couple of months, seeing what it was like was a lot smoother,” says Dr. Matthew Thomas, a family medicine resident. “I know it’s a very exciting and nerve wracking day and looking back on my match day I was super excited and was on cloud nine so congratulations to all who are going through that right now."
Allison Retzer is staying close to home. She’ll was matched on Friday and will be studying diagnostic radiology at SIU Springfield.
"I don't think you always imagine what's going to happen after match day. It's like oh now I know and imagine where I'm going. My family has been making a really big deal about it and it's got me really excited about it and it's just been an overall climatic experience,” says Retzer.