MATCH DAY: Doctor drama, but no blood or guts
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WHAT: Match Day is a geographic rite of passage when graduating medical students from throughout the U.S. find out where their residency training will take them – and perhaps where their medical careers will be launched. The new doctors could be heading to New York or Hawaii, Florida or Alaska ― or staying in San Antonio or South Texas.
More than 200 medical students from the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will stand on stage in front of their classmates, family, friends and faculty members to open an envelope revealing their future. It’s a dramatic but festive occasion for the students, who are wrapping up a rigorous four years of medical education.
WHEN: Friday, March 18. Interviews with students and School of Medicine spokesperson Florence Eddins-Folensbee, M.D., vice dean of undergraduate education, begin at 10:30 a.m. Students begin opening envelopes at 11 a.m.
WHERE:John T. Floore Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Road, Helotes
WHO: Attendance is expected to be approximately 800 people.
NOTES: During their fourth year of medical school, medical students typically have interviewed with several graduate medical education programs and health care institutions to compete for residency slots in various specialties and have ranked their top choices. The health care institutions and programs also have ranked their top choices. Match Day reveals where the students 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 Colleges and the Council of Medical Specialty Societies. The National Resident Matching Program is a private, not-for-profit corporation that ensures both a standardized systematic process and uniform period of appointment to positions in graduate medical education.