Medical students at Stanford, and thousands more around the United States, will gather this morning at 9 AM Pacific time for the annual Match Day celebration. Students will join family, friends and faculty members as they nervously clutch white envelopes, which indicate where they've been “matched” for their residencies and play an important role in shaping their futures. We wish students at Stanford and around the country the best of luck!
Match Day, for those not familiar, is the annual event where students learn where they'll spend the next four to seven years of their lives completing residencies. To determine the post-graduation assignments, the nonprofit organization National Resident Matching Program uses a computer algorithm that aligns the choices of the applicants with those of the residency program.
This morning, my colleague Tracie White will be joining students on the Stanford campus to capture the ceremony and excitement. Watch for her story later on Scope.
Previously: Matching into family medicine, Image of the Week: Match Day 2013, My parents don’t think I’m smart enough for family medicine: One medical student’s story, Match Day 2012 decides medical students’ next steps and A match made in heaven? Medical students await their fate
Photo by Norbert von der Groeben