At “Match Day” envelope opening, medical students learn where residency training will take them

WHAT: Match Day, a geographic raffle that tells new doctors where their medical careers will be launched. It could be anywhere from New York to Hawaii, Florida to Alaska – fourth-year medical students won’t know until they open the envelopes.
The students from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio stand in front of their classmates as they open the envelopes that reveal where their medical residencies will take them. It’s a festive occasion for the students, who are wrapping up a rigorous four years at the School of Medicine.

WHEN: Thursday, March, 18. Envelopes are opened at 11 a.m. Students and administrators from the UT Health Science Center’s School of Medicine will be available for interviews beginning at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: John T. Floore Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Rd., Helotes. For recorded information on the venue, call (210) 695-8827.

WHO: Expected speakers include:
• Payal Patel, class president and a fourth-year medical student with plans to become an internist.
• Nan Clare, M.D., senior associate dean and associate dean for academic affairs.

NOTES: Graduating medical students select their top choices for residency locations during their senior year and learn on Match Day where they have been accepted.
Match Day is held by the School of Medicine in conjunction with the National Resident Matching Program, an initiative sponsored by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association of American Medical College, and the Council of Medical Specialty Societies. The National Resident Matching Program is a private, not-for-profit corporation that ensures a uniform period of appointment to positions in graduate medical education.

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