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'This is what I signed up for' — 34,000 medical students get residency assignments

Posted at 4:01 PM, Mar 20, 2020

CLEVELAND — A new wave of doctors received their assignments at hospitals across the nation amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Friday, more than 34,000 graduating medical students found out where they will spend the next three to seven years as residents.

"Six years of work came down to one email," said medical student Mike Fellenbaum of Shaker Heights, who celebrated with his family when the news was announced.

Fellenbaum switched paths to pursue medicine after a successful career in information technology. He applied to residency programs around the country and today learned he would be staying in Cleveland at Case Western Reserve's program at the emergency department at University Hospitals.

"I am most happy for my wife and kids that we can stay in Cleveland," he said.

This year's ceremony was done by Zoom conferencing to preserve social distancing.

When asked about starting a medical career amidst a global pandemic Fellenbaum said, "That's what I signed up for."

His residency program is slated to start this summer.