News Release: Student Life

Mar. 18,  2010

Medical Students Learn Their Future at Match Day Ceremony

News Article ImageAudio slide show: "Match Day 2010".

Emory University School of Medicine students from the Class of 2010 gathered today to find out where they are headed next on their journeys to become physicians. They simultaneously opened small white envelopes during the suspenseful Match Day ceremony as friends and families looked on in anticipation.

The Emory students were among thousands of graduating medical students across the nation who applied for residency positions at U.S. teaching hospitals through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) that annually matches students with residency programs.

Of the 125 Emory graduating seniors, 120 participated in the NRMP. Two of the graduating students will pursue postdoctoral research and three students chose to defer residency. Some of the most popular specialties chosen by Emory's graduating seniors included internal nedicine, pediatrics and anesthesiology.

Training will occur at a variety of institutions including, Johns Hopkins University, University of Alabama - Birmingham, Duke University and the University of Washington. Thirty-eight students will spend all or part of their residencies in the State of Georgia in Emory's Affiliated Residency Training Programs.

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. A computer 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.

Each year, approximately 16,000 graduates from U.S. medical schools, along with 15,000 graduates from osteopathic or foreign medical schools, compete for approximately 24,000 residency positions at U.S. hospitals. 

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