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Match Day for MU School of Medicine

Students learn where in the United States they will perform their residencies.
Friday, March 19, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:03 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Packed into the hallway outside the MU Health Sciences Library with cameras, flowers and balloons, 74 MU medical students learned Thursday where they would perform their residencies.

As they opened the envelopes to reveal their match, tears fell and families hugged.

“We’ve been waiting for so long,” said Christy White, who was placed with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. “It’s nice to finally have an answer.”

Medical students celebrate Match Day nationwide

“Match Day” is a celebration held across the country that tells medical students what they will be doing for the next three to eight years of their lives, depending on their specialty. While the local students were discovering their matches at 11 a.m., thousands more were learning their destinations at precisely the same moment.

The National Resident Matching Program placed 25,246 applicants nationwide and matched them to residency programs at hospitals across the country according to their medical school rankings and openings in the residency programs, MU School of Medicine spokesman Jeff Hoelscher said.

Hoelscher said the program is a way to make a “fair and impartial decision” on where a student will be placed.

New residents share enthusiasm after months of waiting

Half the excitement was finding out where everyone else in their class was going. The new residents fluttered around the room exclaiming enthusiastically about their own placements and asking about their friends’ matches.

The medical students started interviewing with their top three choices for residency programs in the fall and winter. They submitted a ranking of their choices Feb. 25 and were told March 15 whether they had been matched, Hoelscher said.

“We weren’t too nervous, just ready to know for sure,” Sarah Swofford said.

Swofford placed with the University Hospital in a family practice residency. Staying in Columbia was her first choice because her husband and family are here.

Swofford said she was happy “the day was finally here. ... It’s good to know where I’m going to be for the next three years.”


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