Fourth-year medical student Lee Esposito reacts after opening his match letter indicating where he will perform his residency Friday during Match Day at the University of New England in Biddeford. Esposito will do his residency at Albany Medical Center in New York, which was his first choice and near where he grew up.  Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

Students at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine celebrated the next steps in their training on Friday during the annual Match Day celebration. That’s where 164 (97.6%) of the school’s fourth-year medical students learned where they will be completing their medical residencies and in what specialties.

UNE’s Match Day is part of a larger national tradition in which medical students learn about their placements in the National Residency Match Program.

At UNE, 9% of the students will be staying in Maine, 35% will head to residencies in other New England states and 65% will remain in the Northeast. Around 57% of students landed placements in primary care specialties like pediatrics, family medicine and internal medicine.

Fourth-year medical student Nina Thakur poses for a photo, displaying her match card, Friday at the University of New England in Biddeford. Thakur’s residency will be at Albany Medical Center in New York specializing in neurology. “I am so excited and so proud of myself and my family for helping me and getting me to this point,” she said. “I think neurology is a field that is going to change so much in the next 10 years, and I’m so proud to be a part of it.” Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

Lee Esposito was excited to learn he was placed close to home at Albany Medical Center in New York.

“It means I get to be with my family and my loved ones,” he said. “It was my No. 1 spot and I’m so, so happy to be there.”

Last year, 167 (98.8%) of UNE’s fourth-year medical students were matched to residencies in 15 different specialties.

At a separate celebration on Friday, all 36 fourth-year medical students in the Tufts University School of Medicine – Maine Medical Center Maine Track program celebrated their own matches. Twelve of the Tufts students will complete their residencies at Maine Medical Center

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