It's Match Day at the U of I College of Medicine at Rockford. The school partners students with their specialties and medical schools across the country. A computer matches residency programs with students whose preferences have paired up closely; like family medicine, opthalmology, or internal medicine.
It's significant because it sets a training course for those future doctors that will last a lifetime. "Once they complete that training the people they meet along the way will play a role determining where they setup practice or who they may work with or for in that final stage when they go out of practice" says Mitchell King, an Assoc. Dean at the school.
The match will often determine where the student will live geographically. They typically will end up working in the same city they complete their residency.