“Match Day" is one of the most important days in the lives of medical students. It is the day they learn where they'll spend the next three to seven years as they pursue the next phase of their training after graduation from medical school.
This rite of passage shared by physicians-in-training for more than a half-century is the culmination of a process that begins in the fall when fourth-year medical students start applying to residency programs through the National Resident Matching Program. The Match was established in 1952, at the request of medical students, to provide a fair and impartial transition to the graduate medical education experience necessary for all physicians. A computer algorithm is used to match the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs in order to fill the available training positions at U.S. teaching hospitals.
An annual Match Day Brunch is hosted by The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine to celebrate with the fourth-year students and their families and friends.
On March 15, 113 graduating Johns Hopkins medical students will gather in the Armstrong Medical Education Building to celebrate Match Day - the day medical students from across the country learn where they will spend their residencies after graduation.
The School of Medicine's Match Day celebration brings together students, along with family members, mentors and others, for a brunch and brief program leading up to 12:00 noon, the moment when students will open the envelopes telling where they will launch their medical careers.
This year, there are 35 students applying to general internal medicine residencies, while 12 would like to go into pediatrics, 10 have chosen emergency medicine and five are going into general surgery. The rest are spread out in a variety of specialty areas, ranging from radiology to neurosurgery and orthopedics to Ob/Gyn.
This is the first graduating class at Johns Hopkins where all the medical students have completed four years of a new curriculum, called Genes to Society. The curriculum includes courses that traditionally have not been taught in medical school, including health care disparities, patient safety and quality and palliative care. And there is more focus on teaching about substance abuse and pain.
Match Day takes place on the same day every year at medical schools around the country. The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) pairs the wishes of the students with the needs of hospitals’ residency programs. For couples who wish to match in the same city, there’s a special process that links their applications.
View photos from Match Day 2013 on our Facebook page.
Hopkins Medicine Press Release: "Match Day is March 15, 2013 - A Turning Point in the Lives of Medical Students"
Hopkins Medicine: Match Day video
JHU HUB: "Johns Hopkins medical students learn residency destinations"
WBAL TV: "Johns Hopkins medical students matched with residency"
Fox45: "Johns Hopkins Hosts 'Match Day' Ceremony for Medical Students"
Baltimore Sun: "300 Baltimore medical students learn their professional fate on Match Day"
Previous Match Days:
On March 16, 2012, the 110 graduating Johns Hopkins medical students gathered in the Armstrong Medical Education Building to celebrate Match Day. 36 of those students were matched with hospitals in the Johns Hopkins Medicine system. Some of the top specialties of interest to the 2012 class were pediatrics, internal medicine, emergency medicine, ophthalmology and general surgery.
"Match Day is such a big moment in our careers and our future lives together," said Amanda Kumar, who along with her husband Karan Kumar, was matched to Stanford Hospital. Karan will pursue a career as a pediatrician, and Amanda will focus on anesthesiology. Stanford University was their first-choice hospital.
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JHU Gazette: Match Day video
JHU Gazette: "Finding the perfect match"
Match Day 2012 student video from the brunch
Baltimore Sun: "Medical students find out residencies at Match Day"
Dome: "A match made in heaven"
Match Day 2011:
JHU Gazette: "Residencies at the end of the rainbow"
Baltimore Sun: "Hopkins, Maryland hold Match Day ceremonies"
Baltimore Sun: Photo gallery and Video
WMAR TV (ABC): "Medical students at Hopkins meet their match"
WBAL TV (NBC): "Hopkins Holds 'Match Day' For Med Students"
WJZ TV (CBS): "‘Match Day’ Brings Excitement To Medical Students"
Match Day 2010:
View photos from Match Day 2010.