Fourth-year medical students from the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita have been applying and interviewing all over Kansas, as well as the rest of the country, for their residency programs since last fall.

As these future doctors ranked their choices for where they want to complete their residencies, the various programs ranked their desired candidates.

Out of all the 67 graduating students from the KU School of Medicine-Wichita, 31 will have their residencies in Kansas, while the other 36 will be scattered across the United States.

Of the 67 medical students who graduated on March 20, two were from Dodge City.

Jesse Trent graduated with his medical doctor degree and will complete his residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at University of South Alabama Hospitals in Mobile, Ala.

Eric Acosta graduated with his medical doctor degree and will be staying at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita to complete his residency in internal medicine.

Founded in 1952, the National Resident Matching Program, a private nonprofit organization, has been providing the method for pairing students with residencies.

On March 20, also called Match Day, students nationwide learned which of the many residency programs from all over the country they were individually accepted into and where they will continue their training.

Because of complications tied to the COVID-19 outbreak, students were not able to come together with their fellow classmates and their family to find out where they will be going post-graduation in May.

To be in line with safe COVID-19 practices, students either received an email or a letter from the university telling them where they will be going as their journey to become recognized physicians continues.