Match Madness: U-M medical students learn their fates

March 19, 2018  //  FOUND IN: News,

With the tearing of an envelope, 162 U-M medical students found out their fate last Friday, along with tens of thousands of their peers nationwide.

The dramatic moment came during U-M’s annual Match Day celebration, which revealed where graduating students have been accepted for residency training. Each envelope contained a letter revealing which medical center has chosen the student for specialized training that will shape their medical careers.

Hundreds of family and friends joined students at the North Campus Research Complex for the envelope-opening moment. Virtually all of the students (99.4 percent) matched to a residency program on their short list, despite intense and growing national competition for a limited number of training spots.

Thirty percent will stay in Michigan, including 21 percent who will continue their training at Michigan Medicine. The rest will travel to dozens of states, starting residency training this summer after graduation this May 11 in a ceremony that will feature U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A.

“Every year, our students strive to reach their goals in the match, and every year this day is such an important moment,” said Rajesh Mangrulkar, M.D., associate dean for medical student education. “Match Day gives us a chance to celebrate their aspirations as we prepare to send them off to the next phase of their career.”

Wherever they go, the students will have a new memento of their U-M medical training to bring with them: a new book of essays on becoming a doctor, written by fellow students.

Called “iatrogenesis: Essays on Becoming a Physician,” the collection looks at how medical training changes students, from the moment they don a white coat on the first day of medical school, to the match and graduation. Each U-M student matching Friday will receive a copy, published by the University of Michigan Press.

Said Mangrulkar, “This book is an inspirational reminder on Match Day of the purpose of our journey as physicians: to connect our own humanity to our patients’. Our students describe this so clearly for us through these essays.”

Highlights of this year’s Match Day for U-M students:

  • 40 percent of U-M’s graduates will train in a field that could lead to a primary care career as an internist, pediatrician, family physician, obstetrician/ gynecologist or dual specialist in internal medicine and pediatrics.
  • Nearly one-third applied and matched successfully into one of a few highly-competitive specialties, those with very limited spots available nationwide.
  • 28 students this year will graduate with both a medical degree from U-M and an advanced degree in another field from a top-ranked graduate program at U-M or elsewhere, such as a Ph.D., a master’s degree in public health, clinical research or business, or a residency program in maxillofacial surgery.
  • The students staying at U-M for the next phase of their training were selected from among thousands of applicants nationwide. Nearly 1,200 doctors-in-training in 106 residency and fellowship programs currently train at U-M’s hospitals and clinics.

For more about Match Day this year and in past years at U-M, click here. And be sure to watch the video above or check out the photo gallery below to see U-M medical students learn where they will be taking the next step of their medical journey!

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