On Friday, March 15, 2013, the UCF College of Medicine’s Charter Class will join medical students all across the country for Match Day – where medical students find out which residency programs they were “matched” with. This anxiety-inducing tradition has been occurring since 1952. Students typically receive an envelope containing the name and location of the residency program to which they were matched, and all students open their envelopes simultaneously, although each medical school has its own Match Day traditions. According to the National Resident Matching Program, students who do not match are eligible to participate in the Supplement Offer and Acceptance Program or SOAP. A list of unfilled residency programs is available on Monday of Match Week and those students who do not match have an opportunity to interview for unfilled residency positions. Those students then find out on Match Day where they will end up.
It’s a strange moment. You stand there in a room with all of your fellow medical students, getting handed a white envelope that tells you what city you’re going to live in for the next — for me, seven years of my life in surgical training.
– Dr. Atul Gawande
We wish all of our Charter Class good luck on Match Day and during their residencies!
Listen to a story about Match Day on NPR and hear more from Dr. Atul Gawande’s Match Day experiences HERE.
Learn more about Match Day from the National Resident Matching Program HERE.