Match Day memories: Alumna looks back, lends advice for big day

March 14, 2019

For fourth-year medical students at Indiana University School of Medicine, the specter of Match Day looms large on the horizon. All are waiting to break open the seal on that fateful envelope--an otherwise unassuming package that contains their futures in medicine.

Just one year ago, Ciersten Burks, MD, was bracing for the same momentous occasion. An Indianapolis native, Burks’ time at IU School of Medicine included a year-long research fellowship with Marion Couch, MD, PhD, in the Department of Otolaryngology. In a room full of her peers and surrounded by members of her family, Burks opened up her envelope on Match Day and burst into joyful tears--she was headed for Harvard Medical School.

Now in her first year of her otolaryngology residency, Burks took a moment to look back on her Match Day experience, and lend some useful advice to students gearing up for the big day. Learn about her transition in this Spirit of Medicine blog post.