UC medical students are getting ready for their big day--when they'll find out where they will spend the next three to five years in training to further their careers as physicians.
An annual right of passage at medical schools across the nation, Match Day is when fourth-year students learn where they are "matched” for their residency training. Student names are called, lottery-style, during the event, and they open their envelope hoping to see their top choice of hospital and specialty.
The 2013 medical student Match Day will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 15. More than 150 students will learn their matches in MSB E-351, with overflow seating in Kresge Auditorium. The matching will be screened live in Kresge and be streamed live online on Friday.
This year, senior associate dean for education Andrew Filak, MD, will pull the first envelope for the class, with Aurora Bennett, MD, associate dean of student affairs, and Bruce Giffin, PhD, pulling the rest of the envelopes from the Match Day Box.
Fourth-year student David Moon is hoping to match into a pediatric neurology, either at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center or at one of the large academic centers he applied to across the country. His residency program would total five years: two in pediatric training and three studying neurology.
"I used Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as the model for the kind of residency program I was looking for," he says. "I’m originally from Cincinnati, so I would love to be able to stay here. That would be an amazing opportunity. But, unfortunately, the computer is what defines our fate, so we’ll see how things go."
Residency "matches" are determined by rankings from both student applicants and programs. After applying and interviewing with residency programs, students rank the programs by their order of preference, weighing factors of program quality, geographic region and family or personal factors into their list.
Fourth-year student Wendy Chen will be matching into the most competitive specialty--plastic surgery.
"While I am very, very anxious to know where I will be for the next 6-7 years," she says, "I am mostly excited for residency to begin and to pursue my dream of being a pediatric plastic surgeon."
The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) does the actual matching, linking the program preferences of students with those of residency program directors. The NRMP is a private, not-for-profit corporation established in 1952 to provide a uniform date of appointment to positions in graduate medical education.