Medical College of Wisconsin students receive their 'Match Day' placements

NOW: Medical College of Wisconsin students receive their ’Match Day’ placements

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Hometown students from the Medical College of Wisconsin have been patiently waiting to learn their placements from the National Residency Matching Program and Friday the wait was over.

The "Match Day" ceremony was held at Gather in Milwaukee's Deer District and hundreds attended to support the more than 200 students learning where they are headed next in their medical careers.

"I'm excited. I honestly don't know how to feel. I'm like shaking," said Leah Gerlach, an OBGYN student who made a familiar match. She'll be staying at MCW and is thrilled to know she'll be close to family and friends.

"The journey was long. I have to say, it's been bumpy at times. We've been going through applications season since September," she said.

Meghan Gallagher is also an OGBYN student, now headed to Corewell Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan. "We started kind of in 2020 in the COVID 19 pandemic and we've kind of been through it all. It's been a long time coming," she said.

Ashley Pittman is headed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for Urology. "I always like to say that match day is synonymous to the NBA draft or the NFL draft," she said. Pittman says the hard work has been worth it because she's focused on making a true impact.

"I want to be able to be a positive representation for little boys and little girls who look like myself, be able to give back to communities that are similar to where I was brought up and just really be able to give back to communities that are in need," she said.

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