SALT LAKE CITY — “The Final Countdown” by Europe blasted through speakers while 115 University of Utah School of Medicine soon-to-be graduates located envelopes labeled with their name as they gathered Friday morning.

Inside, it would be revealed where they’ll complete their residency.

“I felt like I was going to throw up,” said Simran Kaur, who will be completing an obstetrics and gynecology residency at Stanford University — her No. 1 choice. “I felt some sort of mixture of nausea and anxiety and excitement.”

At the podium in front of the Rice-Eccles Stadium reception room, a voice called out “now,” signaling students to, after months of anticipation, open their envelopes.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

Antigone Kraft admires a friend’s acceptance letter during Match Day at Rice Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Friday, March 15, 2019. Fourth-year medical school students across the nation opened letters Friday to find out where they will go to complete residency as new doctors.

Screams erupted all over the room and emotions ran high as friends and family hugged, wiped away tears and congratulated their future doctors.

The annual tradition, which takes place across the country, is known as “Match Day,” where medical students who placed in residency programs find out where they’ll be for the next few years.

Of the 115 U. students (69 men, 46 women), 44 will be entering primary care residencies and 24 students will complete all or a portion of their residency training in Utah.

In all, the seniors matched into 93 programs in 22 different specialties across 31 states and one province.

“I feel so excited and so happy, I can’t even believe it,” Kaur said with tears in her eyes. “It feels incredible. I picked it as my first choice not thinking that I would get it, it’s such a competitive program, but when I read that I’m going to Standford, I just can’t believe it.”

Born and raised in Utah, Kaur has never lived anywhere else.

“It feels weird,” she said about leaving the state. “Utah is my home, it will always be my home.”

But she said she’s excited for the journey — she has a lot of family in the Bay Area and her best friend, Maryana Boulos, also matched in California just one hour away.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

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‘It’s surreal’: Utah medical students placed into residencies on ‘Match Day’

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