CHICAGO (CBS) – COVID has helped highlight a doctor shortage in the United States that could become critical over the next decade or more.
Across the country at 11 p.m. central time, thousands of future doctors took part in a stressful ritual known as “Match Day.”
Where would they spend the next few years for their residency? CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas takes us into this nail biter of a tradition.
“So here we are, it’s game day,” said Dr Beth Baker.
It is a room filled with two things.
“All join me in toasting the class of 2022.”
“There are a lot of cameras. It’s really like the NFL Draft.”
And Rush’s medical students are about to learn where and what they will practice over the next few years.
They went through medical school during a pandemic, and now they’ve ranked their top programs across the country for residency.
But they can only match one if any.
“Some of you will take an unexpected path.”
“We put our list up a few weeks ago, and I’ve been sitting here waiting and waiting, for two weeks straight, not being able to sleep.”
Niyi Soetan’s first choice? Cook County Stroger Hospital Emergency Medicine. Like many of his classmates, he says his passion was only heightened by the pandemic.
“Especially in emergency medicine,” Soetan said. “When I saw how much help was needed, I wanted to be part of what would help bridge that gap.”
“They’ve been through some unprecedented times, and they just showed up, stood up strong for Rush, stood up strong for the city of Chicago,” said Cynthia Brincat, Rush University Medical Center.
One minute from the big moment surrounded by his loved ones, Soetan struggles to make sure he receives the envelope containing his destiny – he finally gets it back, just in time.
And what time it was. Games in Chicago, Indiana, Hawaii — and for Soetan?
Tim: “We’re going to keep you here in Chicago.”
Niyi: “Go keep me here in Chicago.”
He got his first pick.
“People immediately hugged me, people were crying, laughing. I haven’t felt this much energy in a long time.”
Soetan says he looks forward to starting his residency at Stroger this summer. In other words, this anticipation is already being reconstituted.