Life can be quite sweet after Match Day. Med school until this point at times feels like puberty. There’s the awkwardness and anxiety, the funny-looking short-white-coat fashion and the clumsiness of not knowing which side is left on a CT scan. But after opening that Match Day envelope (or email), things change! There’s a bit of certainty and a major reality check—we know where we are going to spend the next three to eight years of our lives.
Formally, Match Day at the end of Match Week is the pinnacle moment in a medical student’s educational journey. It is that day when the residency interview and application matching process reaches its conclusion, and students learn the location where they will be training as a resident.
Learning to become a medical doctor is a long, grueling, complicated, expensive and difficult process. So is matching to a residency, albeit on a slightly smaller scale.
Months of applications, interviews, travel, and ranking of preferred programs end in Match Week and ultimately Match Day, the third Friday in March. This all-important day is the culmination of hard work, hopes, and dreams. It is also the result of some complex processes and algorithms, all aimed at matching the right doctors-in-training to the right residency programs.