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Under a crisp blue Houston sky, in the heart of the world's biggest center of healing, sat a basket bearing 240 odd envelopes, representing nearly 5,000 years of collective study.

They call it "match day" when graduates of the UTHealth Medical school learn where they will train as residents for the next four or five years of their lives.

You can understand why on match day, destiny draws a crowd.

While each of the current class of young doctors will get the opportunity to fully develop, without more taxpayer funding, experts say there won't be enough medical residencies to meet exploding demand.

"One thing we know is that there is a health care shortage and we all expect that to get worse over the next few years, so we've got to have these doctors," said Dr. LaTanya Love with UTHealth Medical School.

On the edge of the crowd stood Sabrina Browne, an aspiring child psychiatrist fully supported by her biggest fan.

"I want her to be happy. I want her to make a difference. I want her to feel that her being a doctor has improved at least one person's life," said Jeanette Browne, Sabrina's mother.

When it came time for the envelopes open, jubilation was the rule.

"I'm Jessica Hellums and I just matched," said the Austin native. Hellum's headed to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston as an anesthesiologist in the making.

Asked if she had dreamed of this day Hellum's replied, "More like nightmares, but it turned out to be a pretty good dream!"

Josh Racone's heading to California's Loma Linda University Medical Center, his dreams of becoming a doctor nurtured at Houston's Debakey High School for the Medical Professions.

"I wanted to change lives," said Josh.

As for Sabrina Browne, who lost a brother in the year before heading to med school, the match delivered would perfectly hit her mark.

"I got Southwestern!" she screamed rushing to embrace her Mom.

"She's coming home ! She's coming home! She's coming Home!," cried Jeanette, "I'm so happy!"

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