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Media Contact: Eric Vohr
March 15, 2006

School of Medicine fourth-year students gather with classmates and family to learn their residency sites

Although the nation’s 16,000 fourth-year medical students can go online to find out which residencies are theirs, the 106 students at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine will continue the school’s annual ritual of gathering and opening letters in the presence of their classmates, professors and loved ones.

March 16 is “Match Day,” when students everywhere learn simultaneously the results of this year’s National Residency Matching Program. The program, designed to keep the match fair and objective, pairs the wishes of the students with the needs of hospitals to fill residency programs in the fall.

Hopkins continues its ritual of gathering and opening white envelopes from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Turner Concourse in the Thomas B. Turner Building at 720 Rutland Ave. All who participate in the match look forward to the completion of a process in which students decided their specializations, made rank-ordered lists of medical centers and hospitals, completed lengthy paperwork, and interviewed on site. As members of a highly selective medical school, Hopkins students usually match to their first or second choices.

The event, which is invitation-only, is a time of suspense, celebration, cheers and a few tears, and envelopes will be opened promptly at noon. To cover Match Day ceremonies and arrange interviews with students, call Eric Vohr. 

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