Match Day is rite of passage for medical students

More than 200 medical students from UT Health San Antonio™  will stand on stage in front of their classmates, family, friends and faculty members March 17 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.

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.

Match Day will be held from 10:30 a.m.-noon on Friday, March 17, at  John T. Floore Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Road, Helotes.  Viewers can watch a livestream broadcast of Match Day on the UT Health San Antonio Alumni Relations Facebook page.

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 have ranked their top choices. The health care institutions and programs also have ranked their top choices of residents. Match Day reveals where the students have been accepted. Match Day is held by UT Health’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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