Friday was a huge day for medical students across the country. Match Day is when brand new doctors find out where they will complete their residencies.
Each year, the Medical College of Georgia throws a rowdy celebration for the 4th year students. This year was super hero and villain themed and students went all out with their costumes.
After four years of hard work in med school, Friday, faculty passed out 241 envelopes to students. The letters share where each student matched for residency.
Quante Singleton was one of the last ones to walk across the stage.
“I was an Atlanta fireman and paramedic for nine years before med school.” Singleton says.
Singleton is a Medal of Valor recipient. In 2013, he pulled an unconscious person from a burning house fire and saved their life.
“I always wanted to go to med school, but just where I grew up and how I grew up, it wasn’t a thing that I thought was attainable. The fire department is what gave me the courage to make that jump and do it,” Singleton explains.
Not only is he the first doctor in the family, he is the first one in his immediate family to go to college.
“I think anything is possible as long as you put in the work and you have the desire. You can make it happen, no matter where you come from,” Singleton says.
He plans to come back and continue serving his hometown community of Atlanta. This time, he will serve as an orthopedic surgeon.
“I got hurt at the fire department. I tore my ACL I didn’t really realize how important function was until I didn’t have function and I couldn’t do what I wanted to do. I couldn’t be a fireman. That made me realize that I wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon,” Singleton explains.
He matched with his first choice residency program at Washington University in St. Louis.