As the third Friday in March approaches each year, graduating Tulane medical students look forward to the School of Medicine's traditional Match Day ceremony. At this and similar events across the country, students, together with their families and friends, learn where they have been assigned to do their residencies by the National Residency Matching Program.
|Celebrating their residency assignments are, left, Lucy Witt, who matched at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in internal medicine;
center, Annop Kar, who matched at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in emergency medicine; and right, Nicole Jackson, who matched at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in surgery-preliminary.
"Match Day is my favorite day of the year," says Dr. Marc J. Kahn, senior associate dean of students. "It's a milestone in a medical student's career when they find out where they are going to do their residency training, their next step in becoming physicians."
This year's ceremony was held March 21 at the Celestin Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown New Orleans. At exactly 11 a.m., Kahn kicked off the ceremony by sounding a spirited "Charge" on his trumpet. Then he called student names in random order, giving each student an envelope containing a letter with information about their residency.
This year's match included 182 participants. Thirty-nine of the graduates, or 21 percent, will remain in Louisiana for their residency training. Fifty-one graduates (28 percent) matched into primary-care specialties including internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics.
"Match Day is a very special day for the students," says Kahn. "It's also a special day for us, the faculty, because we admitted them four years ago, and now we get to see them move on."
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