Texas Tech medical students 'match' with their future residencies

ODESSA, Tx. (KOSA) -- Texas Tech University medical students found their "match" on Friday.

Match Day is a nationwide event where 4th year medical students find out where they will spend their next 3 to 7 years of residency.

At exactly 11 o'clock, 20 Texas Tech medical students, along with the rest of the nation's medical students, opened the envelopes that held their future.

Joel Dennison, a student who wants to be an orthopedic surgeon, was excited about matching with the Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in Temple.

"We found out on Monday that we matched and that was awesome, but it didn't become concrete until today," Dennison said. "Today we found out where we are going, and it gives us the opportunity to start planning - planning for the future and planning for the next step in my career."

Another Student, Victoria Phan, said she was thrilled to find out she was staying in the Permian Basin for her residency.

“I’ve been here for two years and loved the experience," Phan said. "My boyfriend, he works here. We put this on the top of our list, because we knew this was a good place to train and for both of us it was a good place to live.”

Gary Ventolini, Regional Dean of the School of Medicine, said the program is growing. This summer will be the biggest class yet with 36 Texas Tech medical students.