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It’s Match Day Time For Medical Students In The Bronx

Match Day at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Bronx, NY - Mar 17, 2011 - Photo: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880

Match Day at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Bronx, NY – Mar 17, 2011 – Photo: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - It’s more than spring in the air at medical school campuses. Students are getting intern and residency assignments in a tradition known as “match day.”

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane speaks with excited students

It means packing up and moving on, often far away from family and friends.

It was a dramatic moment for some 200 students at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx.

WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane asked some where they were headed.

They’re being sent all across the country: one to San Francisco, another to Pennsylvania. One got to stay even closer, having been assigned to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.

“I’ve always been someone who loved science and I love people and it was kind of like the bridge between my two loves, you know,” said one medical student.

Einstein’s Dr. Nadine Katz says the national debate on health care has been very much on these young minds.

“We don’t know what the face of medicine will be like even next year maybe and, for sure, in the years to come,” says Dr. Katz.

One student pursuing family medicine at Montefiore Medical Center said, “This country needs more primary care doctors. It’s the best way to deliver care, in terms of prevention, in terms of long-term follow-up, patient satisfaction, and reducing cost.”

Dr. Katz says a surprising number of students are pursuing family practice career.

“Unfortunately, the way our current health care is set up, it’s not a field that actually pays a lot of money. So, we’re thrilled that our students are choosing to serve.”