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Match Day for Quillen Medical School students

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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) - Years of hard work, and a lot of studying, paid off today for dozens of graduating medical students across the county.

You can just imagine the anticipation and nerves, as ETSU Quillen College of Medicine students opened up their "match" letters Friday, to find out where they will be going for residency training.

According to Class of 2014 med student Melissa Robinson, "I want to practice in East Tennessee and I want to do rural full scope family medicine including surgical OB."

"Love Appalachia! I would like to stay in the region and also the programs suit me very well,"said med student Jessica White.

 For Melissa Robinson and Jessica White, Match Day was met with some nervousness. Robinson is hoping for residency in Bristol, while White wants to head over the mountains to Asheville. Both are among the 64 students that had their names called Friday to pick up their match envelopes.

The majority of those med students want to specialize in primary care - like family and rural medicine.

According to Dr. Robert Means, Dean of Quillen College of Medicine, "Primary care doctors, particularly in rural areas are one of the most critical issues for medical care in America and it is of course the mission for which this school was founded."

So after all the envelopes were handed out, the countdown was on, and it was immediately evident that both Jessica and Melissa got their first picks.

According to Robinson, "I'm really, really excited that I am going to Bristol. This is exactly where I want to be so I couldn't be happier. I know that I will work hard and it will be a great place for me to learn."

 "I came to medical school wanting to go into family (care) S, I'm still here," said White.

The Class of 2014 will be fanning out all over the United states to complete their residency program,  but it is important to note that 77% of them will remain in the Southeast.

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