Doctor destiny: U-M medical students get matched

March 21, 2016  //  FOUND IN: News,

The annual tradition of residency matching for U-M medical students brings suspense and surprise and this year was no different.  Last Friday, March 18, 161 students found out where they are going for their next round of training after they graduate in two months.

As part of a massive national ritual called Match Day, M4s and their families learned which residency program they “matched.” That’s where they’ll spend the next three to seven years of their lives training and learning a particular specialty.

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More than 500 friends, family and professors joined the U-M Medical School students in celebrating their matches during a gathering at U-M’s North Campus Research Complex.

Each graduating medical student around the country enters the matching process by ranking the locations where they’d most like to train for their chosen specialty.  The residency programs rank the students they’d most like to take. Then, an elaborate computer-based system puts it all together to make the best matches.

Learn more about the matching process.

Last Friday’s event gave some students the chance to open their envelopes on stage and share their moment of surprise with the entire class. All students can announce their destination from the stage, and place a pin on a map of the U.S. They also received a gift from the U-M Medical Center Alumni Society, whose ranks they’ll join soon.

See highlights from the event in this video.

This year, the event happened in the same week that the U-M Medical School was ranked 11th among U.S. research-oriented medical schools and 4th for primary care schools by U.S. News & World Report.

According to the U.S. News results, U-M also ranks very high in the estimation of residency program directors – senior doctors at teaching hospitals nationwide who interview and select graduating medical students to enter their programs.

Read more about how Match Day and the residency matching process work on Michigan Health Lab.

For more about Match Day this year and in past years at U-M, check out



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