“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.
Match Day 2014
At noon on Friday, March 21, fourth-year medical students from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (and all across the country) learned where they will begin residency programs this summer.
Match Day is a rite of passage for graduating medical students, who will spend the next stage of their medical training in a three-to-seven year residency program, which offers hands-on training in a specific discipline.
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.
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 2014 on our Facebook page.
Hopkins Medicine Press Release: "Match Day 2014"
Hopkins Medicine: Match Day video
JHU HUB: "Johns Hopkins med students learn their residency destinations on Match Day"
Baltimore Sun: "Medical students meet their match"
Previous Match Days:
On March 15, 2013, 113 Johns Hopkins medical students gathered in the Armstrong Medical Education Building to celebrate Match Day. There are 35 students going to general internal medicine residencies, 12 going into pediatrics, 10 chose emergency medicine and five 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.
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"
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.
View more Match Day photos on our Facebook page.
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.