Every medical school student dreams about ‘Match Day’. After four years of study in the classroom, students are paired with a prospective residency program, usually at another hospital anywhere in the country, where they intern side-by-side with doctors in the real medical setting for three more years before becoming a fully-licensed doctor (of course, after passing exams).
At Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York, two medical school students got “matched” in more than one way in March 2014–one was coupled with a ring.
Meet students Roger Luo and Gaby Chancay. They’re both fourth-year medical students in New York.
Roger decided to pop the question on the tension-filled and exciting day to his longtime girlfriend. So, tucked in Gaby’s official residency assignment envelope were two letters: one was her residency assignment letter, and the other was Roger’s letter of proposal.
As Gaby read the second letter, Roger got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.
She said “YES!”
And CBS New York was live on the scene:
CBS 2 Exclusive: Residency Match Day Turns Into Marriage Proposal For L.I. Med Students http://t.co/4a1YmXgUEv
— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) March 22, 2014
And TODAY captured the moment in perfect clarity:
A perfect match! Med student stages surprise proposal on ‘Match Day’ http://t.co/EiP8SDDRYI
— TODAY Style (@TODAYstyles) March 22, 2014
Their actual residency matches were a hit too – Gaby matched to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NY in Internal Medicine; Roger matched to New Jersey Medical School/Rutgers in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
Roger and Gaby are among the 127 fourth-year Stony Brook University School of Medicine students who matched on March 21 to residencies around the country, in New York and 17 other states. More than half of all students will remain in New York State.
Watch the full video from Stony Brook University:
Glenn is a student assistant in the Office of New Media of the State University of New York. He is an undergraduate economics and political science major at the University at Albany in Albany, NY.