Annual Match Day celebrates milestone for local medical students aspiring to become future physicians


March 12, 2024                       

Contact: Eileen Teves, 210-450-7239,


WHAT:        “Match Day 2024” will mark an important milestone in a medical student’s academic journey. It is the day students learn where they will go for their residency after graduation. This information is released on Match Day by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

At The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio), medical students from the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine will learn which U.S. residency program is the site of their next phase of training.

WHEN:         The opening of envelopes begins at 11 a.m. Friday, March 15. (Suggestion to media: Arrive 30 minutes or more early.)

WHERE:       Chicken N Pickle restaurant, 5215 UTSA Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78249 (Note: Parking is very limited.)

WHO:           Approximately 200 medical students from Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio

 WHY:           Match Day is a significant transition for a medical student’s journey from undergraduate to graduate medical education.

Family and friends of Long School of Medicine senior students cheered often as the envelopes were opened. Photo by Ronald M. Stewart, MD.

 NOTES:        According to the American Medical Association, Match Day happens on the third Friday of March every year. It’s a time when medical schools throughout the country commemorate this day with a nationwide live event where students receive their residency assignments.

At the Long School of Medicine, students applied for virtual interviews with residency programs throughout Texas and across the country. The length of residency depends on the branch of medicine.

Last March, 99% of seniors in the Long School of Medicine matched to their residency of choice, which exceeded the national average. Twenty-four percent remained in Bexar County, adding San Antonio’s vital patient care workforce. For Texas, 54% of the students remained in the state and 43% entered primary care specialties.

In 2023, the NRMP reported 42,952 certified applicants and 40,375 certified positions offered. There were 571 more primary care positions than 2022, an increase of 3.2 percent over the previous year. Results of the match are closely watched because they can predict future changes in the physician workforce.

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