WHAT: Match Day is the day when new doctors throughout the country find out where their medical careers will be launched. The fourth-year medical students won’t know where they will go for their residencies until they open their envelopes. Students from the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio stand in front of their classmates, family members and friends as they open envelopes revealing where their medical residencies will take them. It’s a festive occasion for the students, who are wrapping up a rigorous four years of medical education.
The first five randomly selected names will be chosen and announced by the new chancellor of The University of Texas System during his first official visit to the Health Science Center. Chancellor William H. McRaven and his wife, Georgeann, will be special participants at this year’s Match Day.
WHEN: Friday, March 20 – First 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. Interviews are available in English and Spanish.
WHERE: John T. Floore Country Store, 14492 Old Bandera Road, Helotes
WHO: More than 200 students will be joined by friends, family and School of Medicine faculty. Expected attendance is around 800.
NOTES: 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 (NRMP) is a private, not-for-profit corporation that ensures a uniform period of appointment to positions in graduate medical education.
The students and the residency programs make rank lists and submit them to the NRMP. A complex computing algorithm is applied so each student and each program match at the highest possible ranking point.