Match Day is All About March Madness


There was a balloon drop at the 2012 Brown University Alpert Medical School Match Day ceremony.

At the University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine the Match Day 2012 ceremony had a dancing flash mob. The school’s associate dean and the student affairs director were “front-and-center.”

At the University of Maryland School of Medicine Match Day ceremony, tradition dictates that graduating medical students donate an envelope full of cash upon receiving their much-anticipated National Residents Matching Program® (NRMP) letter. The last student to receive a NRMP letter becomes the recipient of the cash-filled envelopes. This is the slush fund for the after-Match party.

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Oregon Health & Science 2012 Match Day was celebrated by Dr. Leah Gordon (left) and Dr. Stephanie Go.

Thanks to YouTube, all of these Match Day moments are frozen in time.

Across the U.S., 16,000 medical school students learned their medical education fate on March 16, 2012 a.k.a. Match Day 2012. In unison, the students read their NRMP letters which matched them with a teaching hospital of their choice. Match Day 2012 was the largest Match Day in history. For more than 56 percent of students, the NRMP computer matched them to the hospital of their first choice.

“Every doctor remembers their Match Day,” said Erica Mitchell, MD. “It’s exciting and nerve-racking all at the same time. The hospital destination indicated in the Match Day letter impacts your future as a doctor.”

The most competitive 2012 specialty fields were dermatology, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, radiation oncology, thoracic surgery, and vascular surgery. Thirty-five programs provided 41 vascular surgery positions. On March 16, all 41 positions were filled.

“It’s exciting when new, young surgeons decide to join our ranks,” said Dr. Mitchell. “Vascular surgery is a demanding and ever-changing field. These new surgeons represent the future of vascular surgery.”


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