Each year, Match Day is when tomorrow’s doctors learn where they will conduct their residency training. It is a thrilling time on medical school campuses and a milestone for medical students and graduates on their journeys to becoming practicing physicians.
Along with graduation, Match Day is the culmination of an average of four challenging years of medical school, and represents the transition from medical student to physician, which is realized during the Match Day ceremony.
“We congratulate the thousands of future doctors who matched and wish them the best as they begin the next phase of their training. The AAMC looks forward to supporting the next generation of physicians throughout their careers in medicine,” said AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, in a statement about the results of the 2018 Main Residency Match®.
Elation, celebration caught on camera
Medical schools across the country documented the excitement as students received and opened their letters.
On Match Day 2018, more than 31,000 future doctors matched to residency training positions at teaching hospitals around the country. The National Resident Matching Program® reports that this year, 94.3% of U.S. MD applicants matched, with 77.3% matching to one of their top three choices.
For information about how the AAMC is working to improve medical students’ transition to residency, visit aamc.org/T2R.