MU fourth-year medical students to be matched with residency hospitals

Friday, March 16, 2012 | 10:28 a.m. CDT; updated 11:20 a.m. CDT, Friday, March 16, 2012

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.

If you go

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. 

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Jimmy Bearfield March 16, 2012 | 2:52 p.m.

"More than 30,000 medical school graduates competed for approximately 24,000 residency positions this year. "

What happens to the 6K who don't get a residency? Just curious how the system works.

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Laura Johnston March 16, 2012 | 4:30 p.m.

@Jimmy: You raise a good question since those numbers don't match up. We'll see what we can find out and update the story.
Laura Johnston, news editor

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Laura D'Angelo March 16, 2012 | 5:05 p.m.

@Jimmy: My name is Laura D'Angelo, and I the reporter on this piece. I followed up with Dr. Rachel Brown, and this is what she had to say:

Many of the 6,000 unmatched are already graduates of medical schools, though most from schools overseas. The match rate (95%) for students in US allopathic medical schools is very high, but that for individuals in other categories (graduates of international medical schools, DO schools, or people who graduated in previous years) is quite a bit lower.

Those who aren’t matched may 1) continue in medical school if the school will allow it and they are still enrolled 2) do research, or attend graduate school or 3) seek employment in a related field.

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Jimmy Bearfield March 16, 2012 | 5:54 p.m.

Thanks, Laura!

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