TOMORROW (3/15), 210 senior medical students from The Ohio State University College of Medicine will anxiously await their fate. Promptly at noon, during the annual Match Day, the students will end their long-awaited anticipation when they tear open their envelopes to learn where they will spend the next phase of their medical careers.
This year’s event will take place in the Mershon Auditorium, located at 1871 N. High St. Students, families, friends and instructors will gather at 11:30 a.m. for a brief ceremony.
Reporters and videographers are invited to cover the event, which will occur precisely at noon, as the students here and at medical schools across the U.S. will simultaneously open up their envelopes revealing the location of their residency training.
National Residency Match Day is the traditional day senior medical students across the country learn where they will go to receive specialty training in their chosen field. Throughout their senior year, medical students have interviewed for positions in residency programs at hospitals of their choosing. The students and hospitals rank each other in order of preference with a computer choosing the final “matches.”
This year, more than 52,000 applicants are vying for more than 26,000 residency positions. The number of graduating medical students continues to increase, yet the number of residency spots remains the same, and is at the risk of declining due to federal Graduate Medical Education (GME) funding in research.