SUNY Downstate Medical Center students learn residency placements

LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine Match Day

LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine Match Day

Keep calm and open the envelope - it's a moment these students at the University of Illinois College of Medicine will remember for the rest of their lives.

The pressure filled event known as "Match Day" happens at medical schools across the country., when fourth-year students learn if they've been admitted to their doctoral residency programs.

It may be a far cry from March Madness, but based on the crowds at UConn Medical Center Friday, you'd never be able to tell they were actually gathered for "Match Madness". A complex algorithm, administered by the NRMP, factors in the preferences of the students with the preferences of residency programs in order to match students and training programs.

Each student will receive hands-on training in designated specialties, including internal medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, family medicine and several others. "I'm also pleased that seven of our graduates matched in residency programs that we've started in the past seven years".

The match day process began eight months ago with the 53 students applying to programs they wanted to go into.

Each class member received a sealed letter from the National Resident Matching Program.

Prior to today's NRMP match, three Emory graduating seniors had matched into military residencies, four students had matched in Urology, and nine students had matched in Ophthalmology.

The soon-to-be-graduates matched in 13 specialties spanning 17 states.

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