On Friday, March 15, graduating medical students at Eastern Virginia Medical School joined medical students across the nation in celebrating Match Day by opening their envelopes and learning where in the country they will spend their residences.
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, nearly 35,000 U.S. and international applicants matched to residency training positions at the nation's teaching hospitals this year. A total of 144 students participated in the Match Day event at EVMS and are headed to several of the nation’s most prestigious residency programs, including Duke, Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic — just to name a few.
“This is an exciting time in the lives of our medical students,” says Ronald Flenner, MD (MD ’89) Vice Dean of Academic Affairs. “We are very proud of the work and dedication our students have put forth to get to this point in their medical-school careers.”
EVMS by the numbers:
- Students matched in 15 specialties
- 51 percent of the class is pursuing primary care
- 30 percent of the class will stay in Virginia for at least their first year of residency
- The top represented specialties were internal medicine at 19 percent, pediatrics at 16 percent, surgery at 15 percent, emergency medicine at 12 percent and family medicine at 10 percent.
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.