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Mayo Medical Student Finds Her Perfect Match

March 15, 2019 05:56 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Friday was an exciting day for medical students as they received big news about their future. 

The day is called Match Day and it's where students learn what specialty they’ll pursue and where they’ll complete their residency training.

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For Gohar Manzar, this moment is a lifetime in the making.  "I've wanted to be a doctor since I was a little girl,” she said.
 
At just 24-years-old, Manzar is one of the youngest students in her Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine class. 
"I discovered radiation oncology when I was 17," she said. 
 
Radiation Oncology is the practice of treating cancer with lasers instead of chemotherapy. It became Manzar’s passion after a loved one passed away from cancer. 
 
"I think that it’s really important to have the support that we had as part of our loved ones and in the care team. To have a good team guiding you through that—I think that’s what really inspires me to do what I’m hoping to do every day,” said Manzar. 
 
She is just one of many medical students around the nation waiting to learn what specialty they’ll pursue and where they’ll complete residency training. 
 
"I'm really excited that all of my classmates and me are here at this juncture. I still remember the first day of medical school like it was yesterday,” she said. 
 
43 fourth-year medical students from Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine participated in the tradition. 
 
"Our school really attracts the best and the brightest. We joke that what we're looking for is a Mother Teresa combined with Einstein. That truly does describe our students. They're a spectacular group of young men and women who are going to do so much good in society,” said Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs Dr. Alexandra Wolanskyj-Spinner.
 
When the clock struck 12 on Friday, students got a glimpse into their futures.
 
"I feel amazing. These were my top choices," said Manzar.
 
She was matched with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York for her transitional medicine year and MD Anderson in Texas for radiation oncology.
 
"I wasn't sure if I'd get both but I got both and I'm just so thrilled,” she said.

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