A day unlike any other has arrived: Match Day, the medical school rite of passage where soon-to-be doctors learn where they will spend their residencies.
At Stanford, it's a festive, joyful celebration, packed with suspense (what's in those envelopes?!), hugs for all, and well wishes from peers and mentors alike.
Held at the same time across the country — here in California, that's a bright and early 9 a.m. — graduating medical students open envelopes that spell out where they will spend the next two to five years or so. Residency assignments are determined by the National Resident Matching Program, a nonprofit organization that was created in 1952 to establish an orderly and fair mechanism for matching the preferences of applicants for residency positions in the U.S. with the preferences of program directors. The organization uses a computer algorithm to align the choices of students with those of the residency programs.
Good luck, students!
Previously: Match Day at Stanford sizzles with successful matches & good cheer, Stanford Medicine's Match Day, in pictures and It's Match Day: Good luck, medical students!
Photo by Norbert von der Groeben