RENO, NV - An envelope in the hallway of the Pennington Health Sciences Building sits on a table.
It has 4th year medical student Susie Hunter's name on it.
While innocuous by itself, it contains information as to just what exactly she will be doing with her life.
“Interacting with patients, getting to talk to them, getting to know them on a more personal level, and so a primary care specialty for me seemed like a better fit,” says Susie Hunter who is just about to graduate from the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
She has selected Internal Medicine and where she wants to pursue it.
“It’s such a small medical school. It’s such a close knit group. We are all just really excited and anxious for each other,” says Hunter.
Susie along with 54 of her fellow medical school students, combined with the approximately 16,000 4th year medical students nationwide wait for this day to see where they will practice their chosen specialty.
They may get their first preference.
They may have to settle for their third choice.
Susie's parents and friends are on hand to celebrate whatever the outcome will be.
For Susie who has lost sleep over the past week, a rip of an envelope reveals her future.
“I got it,” says Susie.
Her mom, Candy screams and hugs her daughter.
An elderly man asks Susie where’s she’s going.
“University of Washington,” says Susie through tears.
“Tears of happiness, I promise, I'm not sad, I'm happy,” Susie tells the man.
If anyone was disappointed at the gathering of medical school students, we didn't see it.
They were just happy to show us they are well on their way to the next phase of their medical career.
Of the 55 4th year students, 35% were accepted into primary care residencies like Pediatrics, Internal and Family Medicine.
18% percent of the medical graduates will stay in Nevada.