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Medical students receive match for next step in career

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GREENVILLE, Pitt County - It was a special day for a lot of very hardworking medical students at East Carolina University as 76 graduating students were received their match for residency on National Match Day.

Happening across the country, more than 40,000 medical students found out where they will continue their careers as a resident. The process was simple, each student was randomly called to the stage to receive their envelope containing their match and then they walked across the stage to a special song they chose for this moment.

"My song was 'Dear God' because its been such a journey, and one of the things I've leaned on during med school was my faith, so I was like 'thank God'," said Naima Stennett, a future doctor.

From Miami to Charoltte to Greenville, these new doctors are taking their skills across the country. For those staying in North Carolina, those skills will help tackle the statewide shortage of primary care physicians. Around 61 percent of these graduates will enter primary care residencies ranging from pediatrics to internal medicine.

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