What is Match Day, and where will it take you?


Every year on the third Friday in March, medical students across the country and internationally learn #where they will spend their next three to seven years. On Match Day, students learn the results from the National Resident Matching Program, determining which residency program they will join following graduation. This year, Match Day hit a record high for residency positions offered, with 35,969 U.S. and international students competing for 31,757 residency opportunities.

This year, at the University of Michigan Medical School, 98 percent of students were matched to one of the programs they requested. The school hosted a Match Day event where 170 medical students counted down until noon, when they ripped open their envelopes to find out which residency they were paired with. Afterwards, students celebrated the next step in their medical careers by placing pushpins in an oversized map and taking photos with friends and family. Here is a video of the students after they received their matches.


About 30 percent of students at the University of Michigan will stay in state to continue their residency, with others will leave for California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Texas and other locations. Whether students are staying near their school or moving somewhere new, it is important they find out what makes each location special. The goal of making a new place home is why #WhereMatters. Using (To), medical students at the University of Michigan and other schools around the country can find the best neighborhoods near their residency and learn which ones are right for their needs, based on factors such as price range, transportation, social options and community size. As they make the transition from medical student to resident professional, (To) can ensure that wherever they go next, the destination won't be just a place they work but instead a place they can call home.

Looking at a school’s Match Day results also helps pre-med students learn a lot about their programs. Because each has distinct resources, different medical schools can lead students down different paths toward residency. If students are interested in cancer care, it’s most effective for them to find medical schools with programs for this field as opposed to schools dedicated to pediatrics or general medicine. Students who go to a school aligned with the residency options they want are more likely to find their ideal residency after medical school.

Quinn Capers IV, associate dean for admissions at The Ohio State University’s College of Medicine , spoke with U.S. News about the importance of considering residency options when picking a medical school, using radiation oncology as an example. “This would be important to know for a student who is interested in radiation oncology, because with no residency in that field, there would be fewer opportunities for mentoring, shadowing and advice in that area.”

By looking at Match Day results posted on school websites and using (To), pre-med students can learn about the right schools for them. The results will tell pre-med students if the schools they are looking at tend to find students the residencies they are interested in, and they can use (To) to narrow down results based on specialty, ensuring that they find the medical school that best fits their aspirations.

After Match Day, medical students tend to forget that the next step in their lives means more than just getting accepted into a residency program. Asking yourself why #Wherematters to you is important because whether you get your first, second or third choice on Match Day, (To) can help make sure you find happiness and a sense of belonging wherever you end up next.

Sarah Linden

myPlace-Seed, LLC, 901 N Washington St, Suite 208, Alexandria, VA 22314

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