March 20, 2002
MEDIA CONTACT: Trent Stockton
MEDIA CONTACT: Beth Simpkins
The Envelope Please.... School of Medicine Students Meet Their Match
Hugs, high-fives, cheers and kisses filled the room Thursday when Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine seniors found out which residency programs they will enter after graduation this spring.
Hopkins students are among more than 14,000 U. S. medical students that nervously awaited Match Day. The 110 Hopkins students have chosen a variety of disciplines in cities all around the country.
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 with its traditional group ritual in which students simultaneously open white envelopes with news of their matches.
"Match Day is one of the most important days is in a medical studentís life," said H. Franklin Herlong, M.D., associate dean for students and associate professor of medicine. "Residency is the time when they develop both professionally and personally."
Prior to Match Day, students interviewed with hospitals and then provided a rank order list of top 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 applicantís list that has offered the applicant a position.