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Medical students on Friday will learn where they’ll train for residency

After enduring a year of COVID, Match Day is ‘particularly inspiring’

This Friday medical students across the country will learn where they’ll complete their residency, the next step after graduating medical school. Although the event happens annually, this Match Day feels different after enduring a full year of COVID-19, said Dr. Marianne Green, vice dean for education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

“This year is particularly inspiring as our students have demonstrated the resilience, compassion and innovation that has been necessary during the COVID pandemic,” Green said. “The pandemic has provided tremendous learning opportunities, and our students have developed a real-world understanding of evidence-based medicine, population health, health disparities and epidemiology that will serve as an excellent foundation for their future work ahead. Our patients are in good hands with this generation of new physicians.”

Students will learn where they matched via emails sent at 12 p.m. (E.T.) Friday, March 19. B-roll and photos of the virtual event and photos and videos of student reactions will be made available to media following the event. (View footage of last year, which also was held virtually due to COVID). 

Media interested in speaking to Dr. Green or a medical student ahead of or after Friday’s event can contact Kristin Samuelson at ksamuelson@northwestern.edu.

More about Match Day:

The annual tradition is held on the third Friday of March. All fourth-year medical students across the country learn at the same time where they will train as residents for the next three to seven years. 

The "match" refers to the process by which the students and the program directors rank lists that are overlapped, resulting in the selection of students for residency positions. 

“Match day is special every year as it represents the culmination of all of the hard work that these students have embraced during medical school,” Green said. “It is a major step forward on their paths as leaders in medicine.”