Created: 03/21/2014 7:23 PM KAALtv.com
By: Hannah Tran
(ABC 6 News) -- Medical students in Rochester and across the nation have been waiting for this day for years. They had a lot to shout about Friday afternoon.
It's Mayo Match Day and all medical seniors nationwide opened an envelop containing the first step in their careers at the exact same time.
"At noon, central time, eastern time, so that it all happens at the exact same time nationally," said Alexandra Wolanskyj, who was a keynote speaker at the event.
The envelopes contained details of their first career stop after they finished medical school. Hospitals everywhere sent their letters back to students this week. Students apply for a wide variety of programs throughout the nation, depending on their field of study.
For medical student Judi Anne Ramsical, the event was an emotional roller coaster.
"I've been thinking about this day for the last six years. The atmosphere is intense. I feel so much energy from all of my classmates and all of their guests," said Ramsical.
43 students this year went through the national residency match. They're among thousands in the nation who read their fate aloud on a Friday afternoon.
"This year was extraordinary. Over three quarters of the students matched their number one choice. All of the students got a match that was at least one of their choices," said Wolanskyj.
Saying goodbye will be tough for these students. There's only around 50 students in the program. They all consider one another family.