The envelope, please: Match Day to reveal next step in medical education

Match Day 2017
A UT Health San Antonio medical student puts on the hat of his residency location after opening his letter on Match Day in 2017.

WHAT:           Match Day is a geographic rite of passage when graduating medical students 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 UT Health 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:           10:30 a.m.-noon, Friday, March 16. Begin interviewing students at 10:30 a.m. They open their envelopes on stage from 11 to 11:50 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 interview with several graduate medical education programs and health care institutions to compete for residency slots in various specialties and rank their top choices. The health care institutions and programs also rank their top choices of medical students. Match Day reveals where the students have been accepted.

Match Day is held by UT Health San Antonio’s Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long 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.

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