Anticipation, excitement fuel Match Day 2016

March 24, 2016

On Friday, March 18, fourth-year IU School of Medicine students gathered to celebrate Match Day, the end of four years of medical school and the beginning of the next phase of training. Accompanied by family and friends, the students waited -- as did medical students nationwide -- to open their sealed envelopes in unison to learn where they will conduct their residency training. A total of 327 IU medical students matched to residency programs this spring. However, students in some programs, including the military, urology and ophthalmology, learned in previous months where they will continue their educations.

327 fourth year students received their national match notifications at last Friday's ceremony. | Photo By Tim Yates

Medical students apply and interview for their preferred residency positions throughout the nation during their senior year; their selection is administered through the National Resident Matching Program of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Not all students get their first or second choice, but IU School of Medicine has a history of favorable matches for students.

"The residency match is competitive and can be a stressful process. I am happy to say that our IU School of Medicine students do extremely well," said Bradley L. Allen, M.D., Ph.D., senior associate dean for medical student education and associate professor of clinical medicine. "We’re pleased that many of our students will be starting residencies here and across Indiana. Our school is also sending graduates to many other prestigious programs in the country, such as Johns Hopkins, Mayo, Stanford and Baylor."

View the anticipation and excitement of Match Day 2016 with this Flickr photo gallery. For more on Match Day, read the full news release in IUSM Newsroom