June 01, 2017 11:36 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- It was a match day celebration for international doctors Thursday in Rochester.
Although they’re thankful for their current positions, their time in America did not always start out that way.
"I moved here in 2012,” prospective doctor Robin Chirackal said. “Coming over here was tough because I knew I had to start from scratch."
In March, the Workforce Center and Community Health Services provided international doctors, like Chirackal, the chance to gain medical experience in Rochester as part of their process in becoming licensed doctors in the United States.
"Robin actually had graduated from medical school, and if he wanted to, he could've worked in India," Stephanie Low, the medical director of Community Health Services, said.
After gaining knowledge of how the system works in America, and a little help from a fellow doctor and friend, Chirackal found his way to Rochester to be a researcher at Mayo Clinic. He also gained the hands-on medical experience through Community Health Services that he needed when applying to residencies.
"[Community Health Services] helped us achieve our goals,” Chirackal said. “They paid for our exams and gave us a lot of support."
All of that hard work paid off. Chirackal was recently given the opportunity of a lifetime. He was accepted to a residency program in Wichita Falls, Texas after his long journey.
"I don't have words to explain how happy I am because I almost gave away this dream,” Chirackal said. “This was my third round of applications, so it was very painful. I almost gave it up."
The doctor who left everything in India for the United States was able to turn his dream into a perfect match.
"So coming to Rochester, this research experience, all the support that I got definitely made the difference," Chirackal said.
Chirackal is leaving on June 10 for his residency in Texas; his orientation starts on June 12.
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