Spring has sprung and the COM is busy!

Lots of great events going on this week at the College of Medicine! Today and tomorrow, the 1st and 2nd year students are participating in the 5th annual FIRE Research Conference. The Focused Inquiry and Research Experience Conference showcases the completed research projects of our second year medical students. Select first year students also give oral presentations of projects they will complete in their 2nd year. Visit the 4th floor tomorrow from 9:00am – 12:00pm to discuss the M2 projects with each researcher, and COM102 from 1:00 – 5:00 today and tomorrow for the oral presentations. Follow us on Twitter @ucfcomhsl to see pictures from today and tomorrow!FIRE


Additionally, tomorrow the College will be celebrating its second Match Day as the Class of 2014 finds out where they will be venturing off to complete their residency programs. We did a great post explaining what Match Day is last year when our Charter Class matched, so give it a look if you’re interested in learning more about this tradition. We’ll also be posting pictures from this happy event tomorrow on our Twitter, so look out around noon for those!

Today is also Popcorn Day! We hope to see you in the library at 3pm.  Happy Thursday!



Happy Match Day!

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.