University of Missouri School of Medicine students simultaneously ripped open the sealed envelopes that contained their fates as future doctors on March 18 during the school’s annual Match Day.
The school’s gallery was overwhelmed with hugs, high-fives and tears from families and friends as fourth-year medical students celebrated the start of a new chapter in their lives.
Match Day is one of the most anticipated and exciting days for the 85 fourth-year medical students at MU and thousands more nationwide. It’s the day they find out where they will spend the next several years in their first jobs as physicians, training in their chosen specialties.
The 2016 class of medical students from the MU School of Medicine was highly sought after: 100 percent of the class received a residency program match, meaning many hospitals and health systems chose graduating MU medical students as their top residency candidates.
At 100 percent, the number of MU School of Medicine graduates matched with residencies is above the national average match rate of approximately 94 percent.
The MU School of Medicine filled all of its residency positions in the match. Many of those physicians – 30 percent of MU School of Medicine’s class of 2016 – will stay on the MU campus for their residency training.
Forty percent of the MU School of Medicine 2016 class will remain in Missouri, and 42 percent of this graduating class selected residency programs in high-need primary care fields, including internal medicine, pediatrics and family medicine.
The National Resident Matching Program conducts an annual match process designed to optimize the choices of medical students and residency program directors. Students rank their residency program choices in order of preference, and program directors rank students. In the third week of March, results of the matches are announced. More than 42,000 medical school graduates compete for approximately 30,000 residency positions each year.