EL PASO — It was a big day for medical students across the country and here at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. It was Match Day on Friday which is a day when all students find out where they’ll go for residency training.
All students opened their envelopes at the same time, and then there was a sense of excitement and accomplishment, especially for the inaugural class of 40 students at the Foster School of Medicine.
Medical students ripped open their white envelopes and found a letter saying where they'll start their careers as doctors.
"Great. Awesome. Unbelievable. Well it's kinda believable I guess," said medical student Quynh Nguyen.
"Speechless. Is a very great feeling," said medical student Cindy Huang.
Benjamin Ramos is a native El Pasoan. He graduated from Franklin High School and UTEP before going to medical school. He'll be moving to Albuquerque for his residency.
"The first year I applied for medical school… it just so happened this school was opening up so it was just perfect timing," said Ramos.
Thomas Tullius, Jr. graduated from Eastwood High School went on to Princeton University for his undergrad, but returned to El Paso to study medicine. He's headed to the University of Chicago.
Tullius is honored to be a part of the inaugural class.
"It's been really rewarding to see all of the reception from the community. When you’re in clinic and you’re like, ‘We're from the first class,’ they light up and they're very happy to see us there," said Tullius.
"As a parent you want them to be able to grow up and move on and that's what he's going to do so I'm really happy for him," said Patsy Tullius.
Founding Dean Jose Manual de la Rosa worked for many years to bring a medical school to the Sun City.
"We've cried together, we've played together, we've traveled together and most importantly we've learned together. They're our inaugural class. It really feels like your own children are going through," said de la Rosa.
This week, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education approved the Foster School of Medicine accreditation for eight years.
"We knew it was coming anyway. I had total confidence the first day I came here. I had no doubt that we were going to be accredited so that did not come as a surprise," said Nguyen.
Students said it's another step forward for the medical school.
"The students and the faculty together built this medical school and I think it's going to be really good for many years to come," said Tullius.
Of the 40 students, four of them are staying in El Paso and almost half are staying in Texas.