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One couples perfect match

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Sarah Cain and Sean Battle used 'Couple Match' during their application process. Sarah Cain and Sean Battle used 'Couple Match' during their application process.
This student will complete his residency in Virginia. This student will complete his residency in Virginia.
Sarah and Sean announce they will complete their residencies at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital. Sarah and Sean announce they will complete their residencies at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital.

By Nikki Leak

More than 40,000 fourth year medical students in the United States found out where they will spend their residencies for the next four to seven years of their lives on Friday. It's called "Match Day" and 86 USC Medical students were part of the anxious crowd.

Sarah Cain and Sean Battle are two fourth-year USC School of Medicine internal medicine students. They not only fell in love with the profession in the classrooms of the school of medicine, they fell in love with each other too. They were engaged December 21 of last year.

That engaged status allowed them to use a special process called 'Couples Match' to try to stay in the same state or better yet, the same hospital.

Sarah Cain said she was happy to have found someone who understands the process.

"I honestly don't know how I would have gotten through this without him. He is someone who understands the process, the bad days and the good moments. I'm just really blessed to have him," said Cain.

Match Day is the culmination of years of academic and clinical study. Sean Battle said all their hard work has led to this.

"Regardless of what happens, it's going to be great because it's the pay off. We are finally going to be able to start doing what we've wanted to do for years," said Battle.

They arrived at the Match Day event with 84 of their peers to learn their destinations.

Some are going to Louisiana and others would travel across the country to California. Anticipation was in the air as the couple waited for their names to be called.

Their moment finally came. They ripped open their envelopes and announced to the crowd that they were both going to Palmetto Health Richland. It was their first choice.

"We're so glad that we get to stay here and that we get to stay together. We're excited to start the next phase of our careers," said Cain.

Sarah and Sean will start their residences after graduation in May. Now, they can concentrate on another important date. Their wedding on April 9.

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