This post is all about perspective. In the short term, the odds do not favor international medical graduates (IMGs) matching—94% of AMGs match compared to 60% of IMGs. That is a tough pill to swallow. It is heartbreaking.
Not matching is rough. First, we suggest that you take some time to dust yourself off and let the shock fade away.
We know how it feels. Match Day is widely celebrated as a day of absolute joy—crying at the podium, jumping for joy in high heels, and then covering your mouth with your cupped hands. “It was my number one choice,” all your classmates seem to say. For some, that’s the reality.
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.