Match Day: A Rite of Passage for Graduating Medical Students

What do an EMT, an assistant football coach, a nurse, and an All-American hurdler have in common? They are a few of the 90 fourth-year medical students at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, and participated in Match Day-an annual rite of passage when thousands of medical students nationwide learn where they will complete their physician residencies after graduation. High noon, Thursday, March 15, was an hour of excitement and anticipation in the Medical Sciences Auditorium on Wright State's campus.

Depending upon their chosen specialty, students will spend three to five years of advanced clinical training after receiving their M.D. Wright State's fourth-year medical students have interviewed at prestigious residency training programs across the country and ranked their top three choices. Of the students who will receive their M.D. degrees in May, 21% will continue their training in Dayton-area residency programs, and 50% are in residencies in Ohio, with the other 50% in 19 other states and the District of Columbia.

Forty-four percent matched in a primary care field (12.2 % Family Practice, 12.2% Internal Medicine, 5.6% Internal Medicine/Pediatrics combined, 12.2% Pediatrics, 1.1% Internal Medicine/Emergency Medicine combined, and 1.1% Pediatrics/Emergency Medicine combined). The balance matched in 12 other specialties.

View the match results for 2007.

Last edited on 02/19/2015.