Posted at: 03/15/2013 6:55 PM
By: Benita Zahn

 There was plenty of hootin' and hollerin' in Albany ..  the sound of delight and relief. After 4 years of medical school and months of research and interviews, the soon to be grads from Albany Medical college learn where they'll be doing their residencies.
   It's known as match day. Students select their top program choices, give them to the national residency matching program .. Hospitals submit their choices and matches are made.

" I'm freaking out. I don't know. I have never been so excited in my life" says Lori Brandt. "I feel like I've waited my entire life for this."

  That's just how Christine Gallati from Colonie feels - as she prepares to go to Pennsylvania for her program.
"A huge deal. Been working towards this for many many years. "

   The 136 medical students will fan out across the country after graduation in May.

" It's a little surreal, you know." explains Ian Dempsey. " You've worked so hard for this and getting to this moment's pretty unbelievable."

   Ian will specialize in orthopedics .. But many of these grads are answering the call to go into family practice - a field in great need of new blood. Something Kristina Gracey, who matched with Albany Med, is well aware of.

" I think that is part of the reason that I chose it. I studied public health before I came to medical school so I think I consider population based needs. "

   And then there's the ability to really get to know your patients as Midhuma William tells me.  " I like the idea of being able to deliver a baby and then take care of them to the very end. I don't have to leave my patients, ever."

And she laughs and goes off to congratulate her classmates.