For medical students, the annual Match Day event is one of the most anticipated and exciting days of their medical education as they discover where they will start their residency training after graduation. At this year's Match Day, 83 fourth-year students at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine joined nearly 17,000 U.S. allopathic seniors and more than 9,000 other applicants to match at one of the more than 27,000 first-year positions offered in the 2015 Match*.
“We are blessed to attract outstanding students to Geisel and are very proud of their success during the residency match,” said Duane Compton, Interim Dean of the Geisel School of Medicine. “I know that they will do well in their residency training and I wish them all the best of luck in their medical careers."
Every year, fourth-year medical students submit their top choices for residency programs into a computer program operated by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). Residency programs also submit lists of applicants in their order of preference. The lists are then compared against each other utilizing the AAMC's computer algorithm, matching students to their residency program.
"I think it's a little more important than graduation because this is the day where we find out what our hard work has led to,” said Geisel student Katherine Jackson. “All of our schooling and grades and applications and interviews and how people think about us as a person is represented by the envelope we open."
Primary care was once again the most popular specialty choice among Geisel students with 32 choosing residencies in family medicine, internal medicine or pediatrics. Obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, anesthesiology, and radiology were the next most popular specialties. This year California was the most popular destination for Geisel students, followed by New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
“Match Day is a singular experience,” said student Chris Beeler. “It was an emotional rollercoaster but it was a really fun day.”
*per National Residency Match Program