On the morning of Friday, March 20, 2015, fourth year medical student Eva Lu is feeling anxious. After a long year of interviewing, it’s finally Match Day.
“You have a job, which is nice. You just don’t know where yet,” Lu explains.
Match Day is a rite of passage shared by medical students across the United States. At 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time students receive their official letter from the National Residency Match Program letting them know which residency, and in what city, they’ll start training this year.
Every school hosts a unique celebration to mark the event. The 2015 University of Minnesota Medical School Match Day event took place at McNamara Alumni Center with breakfast hosted by Fairview Health Systems. Dean Brooks Jackson, MD, MBA, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education Kathy Watson, MD, and Duluth’s Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions Robin Michaels, PhD, addressed the students with words of encouragement before the envelopes were released. At 11:00 a.m., students were called to the stage in groups by faculty mentor. Faculty mentors then handed out envelopes to their mentees and took group photos with students. Between groups, class president Jesse Klingelhoets gave out prizes.