SALT LAKE CITY — More than 100 University of Utah medical students learned where they were headed for the next step in their careers.
Friday meant “Match Day”.
This is the day when students nearing the end of their medical studies learn their residency duties.
“After completing four years of medical school, they continue their training in their chosen specialty,” said Megan Fix, assistant dean of student affairs at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
A recent study by the Association of American Medical Colleges found that there is a need for more young people to pursue careers in medicine.
He estimates that the United States could experience a shortage of 46,000 to 122,000 doctors by 2032.
Students leaving medical school to pursue professional careers recognize the need to answer the call.
“I’ve been thinking about becoming a doctor for a while,” said Kassie Amann, who will be doing her residency in emergency medicine. “It’s such a long road, it’s so difficult, but it’s so helpful when you have interactions with people in difficult positions who really appreciate what you do for them.”
The 113 future doctors hope other young people will see that the rewards of career are too valuable to ignore.
“I wanted to do something every day where I had a physical impact on the lives of people every day in my community around me,” said Sarah Green, who will work in general surgery.
Students have approximately two months remaining in medical school before they graduate and head to their hospital assignments.