Liberty University celebrates first 'Match Day'

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- On Friday, Liberty University's first graduating class of medical students learned where they would start their careers.

The University took part in it's first "Match Day" since their medical program started. "I'm going to be working at Lynchburg General with the Lynchburg family residence for the next three years," said student Kiersten Pikarsky. "I'm really excited, it was my number one choice."

The more than 60 students are the first graduates of Liberty University's College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The program started four years ago, making Friday's event their first Match Day; a term used widely in the graduate medical education community to represent the day when the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) releases results to applicants seeking residency and fellowship training positions in the United States. "There's too many feelings to explain, sheer joy really and relief, I think relief really is a big one," said William Engel who learned he's be going to Chicago for his residency.

"Successes and joy and struggles and tears, today is where it all comes together," said Michael Wigner, the Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education at LU.

More than 120 students will graduate from the school in May.

LU's medical school marks the second osteopathic school in the Commonwealth.

The first being Edward Via School of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg.