Happy Match Day! This has nothing to do with online dating services or apps that can help you find new friends. Today’s Match Day is when medical students across the country find out where they’ll be headed to do their residencies, which are assigned by the non-profit National Resident Matching Program.
The annual Match Day, now in its 65th year, was created as a fair way to assign students to residencies where they will further their medical training for the next three to five years.
The match process is an intense and cumbersome one where students fill out long applications and undergo extensive interviews with potential medical programs. The medical centers and students then make their top picks. Based on these preferences, the non-profit National Resident Matching Program uses a computer program to assign students.
According to Medscape.com, “Fittingly for a career path paved not so much with yellow bricks as with stress, sweat, and tears, the celebration that is Match Day is not without its own dose of anxiety. Eager students cross fingers while waiting to see if the residency program they liked most likes them back too….
The Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) expects this to be another exciting Match Day in our state. ArMA will be sending out a note to students (who have been waiting on pins and needles!) similar to the one sent out last year congratulating the medical students who are celebrating this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
This annual event culminates four years of hard work and the complex process that matches graduating medical students with residency programs. National Resident Matching Program™ (NRMP)results are released nationwide at ceremonies coordinated to occur on the same date (the third Friday in March) at the same time (1 p.m. Eastern time), at medical colleges across the country. Today’s Match is the largest in history, with a record 35,969 U.S. and international medical school students and graduates each seeking one of 31,757 positions. Applicants who did not match to a residency position participated in the NRMP Match Week Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®) to attempt to obtain an unfilled position. This year, 1,177 of the 1,279 unfilled positions were offered during SOAP.
If you have any pictures or stories of Match Day 2018 in Arizona, send them our way and we’ll include them in a future blog. After all, these students are the future of medicine in our state. And together, with them, we hope to take another step toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!