U-M medical students meet their match

March 21, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Michigan Medicine News,

3, 2, 1 match! On Friday, March 17, 170 fourth-year medical students at U-M discovered where they will continue their professional medical journey.

As part of Match Day, the students tore into envelopes revealing where they’ll begin residency this summer. That’s where they’ll spend the next three to seven years training and learning a particular specialty.

The excitement was palpable once the matches were revealed at the North Campus Research Complex, with students laughing and smiling, taking selfies and posing for photos with friends, family and faculty in front of maize and blue balloons. Some students agreed to announce to the crowd where they matched, while others indicated their destinations by placing push-pins on an oversized map of the U.S.

Match Day is a decades-old national tradition. Graduating medical students around the country enter the matching process by ranking the locations where they’d most like to train for their chosen specialty. The residency programs also rank the students they’d most like to work with. Then, an elaborate computer-based system puts it all together to make the best matches.

Some fast facts from this year’s Match Day at U-M:

  • 45 percent of U-M’s graduates will enter a field that can lead to a career in primary care.
  • About 30 percent will remain in the state of Michigan for residency, working in hospitals in Ann Arbor, metro Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids.
  • 37 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.
  • 22 percent of this year’s class matched to residency slots at Michigan Medicine. Nearly 1,200 doctors-in-training in 105 residency and fellowship programs currently train at U-M’s hospitals and clinics.

Match Day came in the same week the U-M Medical School was ranked 9th among U.S. research-oriented medical schools and 5th for primary care schools by U.S. News and World Report.

According to the U.S. News results, U-M continues to rank among the very best teaching hospitals in the estimation of residency program directors.

Now that Match Day is completed, members of the Med School Class of 2017 will take the next step in their career with graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 12 at Hill Auditorium.

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., former U-M Medical School faculty member and current director of the National Institutes of Health, is this year’s commencement speaker.

To learn more about the Match Day process, click here.

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