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March 17, 2005
MEDIA CONTACT: Trent Stockton
March 17, 2005
The Envelope Please... School of Medicine Students Meet Their Match
Hugs, high-fives, cheers and kisses should fill the room Thursday when Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine seniors find out which hospital residency programs they will enter after graduation this spring.
Some 110 Hopkins students are among more than 14,000 U. S. medical students nervously awaiting Match Day. They have chosen a variety of disciplines in destinations all around the country in which to continue their medical educations.
Although participants in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) can learn via the World Wide Web if they have successfully matched to a program, Hopkins continues its traditional group ritual in which students gather with their teachers and simultaneously open white envelopes with news of their matches.
"Match Day is one of the most significant days in a medical student's life," said Thomas Koenig, M.D., associate dean for student affairs and assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. "Residency is the time when they develop both professionally and personally."
Prior to Match Day, students interview with hospitals and then provide a rank order list of preferred choices. Hospitals submit a similar list indicating openings, preferred students, and specialty or generalist preferences. Each applicant is matched via computer to the hospital residency program highest on the applicant's list that has offered the applicant a position.
This year’s event will take place at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Mar. 17, in the Turner Concourse, Thomas B. Turner Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 720 Rutland Avenue, Baltimore, MD.
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