COLUMBIA — Match Day is one of the most highly-anticipated moments of a medical student's career.
On Friday, more than 80 of MU's fourth-year medical students will find out at which hospital they will be practicing as a resident physician.
What: Match Day
Who: MU medical students and their friends and families
When: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday. MU students will open envelopes at approximately 11 a.m.
Where: MU School of Medicine Acuff Gallery, Medical Sciences Building
Match Day is a nationwide event. More than 30,000 medical school graduates competed for approximately 24,000 residency positions this year.
The National Resident Matching Program conducts a computerized match program that pairs medical students with the most optimum hospital choice. Students rank their residency choices in order of preference, and residency program directors rank the students.
Rachel Brown is the associate dean for student programs and professional development at the MU School of Medicine. She said that she did not have any kind of match day in England, where she went to medical school.
Brown said she has personally known this group of students since they began medical school.
"They are actually going to be going out into the world and providing care," Brown said. "It's a very, very exciting day for us."
Medical students will gather with friends and family at 10:30 a.m. in the MU School of Medicine's Acuff Gallery to find out where they will spend the next few years practicing medicine.