On Friday, March 17, graduating medical students at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) joined other medical students across the nation in celebrating Match Day by opening their envelopes and learning where in the country they will spend their residency.
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, nearly 32,000 U.S. and international applicants matched to residency training positions at the nation's teaching hospitals this year. A total of 137 students participated in the Match Day event at EVMS and are headed to several of the nation’s most prestigious residency programs, including Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Penn Medicine — just to name a few.
This is absolutely amazing. I can’t believe it,” says Tamara Arnautovic, who will be doing her residency in Pediatrics at Brown University. “It is a dream come true."
“This is an exciting time in the lives of our medical students,” Ronald Flenner, MD (MD ’89), Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, says. “We are very proud of the work and dedication our students have put forth to get to this point in their medical-school careers.”
The matching process is organized by the National Resident Matching Program, which uses an algorithm to pair medical students and residency programs. Fourth-year medical students across the nation apply to residency positions in their chosen specialty — such as pediatrics or surgery. After hitting the interview trail, the students rank the programs according to those they would prefer to join. The programs, in turn, rank the students they feel will make the best fit. Nearly all applicants learned the results of that ranking process at the same time.
The top represented specialties were internal medicine at 27 percent, pediatrics at 17 percent, emergency medicine at 12 percent and surgery at 9 percent.
See the entire Match List 2017.
Photos and videos from this year's Match Day ceremony are available on the EVMS Facebook page.