Imagine opening an envelope that contains your future. Every spring our graduating medical students do just that at the annual Match Day. At the same time as thousands of peers around the country, our medical students find out where they have “matched” for their residency training out of a range of locations for which they have applied.
For medical students nationwide, Match Day is the culmination of four years of hard work, and many consider it the most exciting day of the medical school experience. Students receive notice of their residency matches beginning at 12:00 noon (EDT) on the third Friday of March each year, and at WVU that event is shared by the entire School of Medicine community.
It’s a celebratory day, full of laughter, hugs and even a few tears. The realization that medical school is almost over hits home, as each student finds out where he or she will spend the next three to six years training in a chosen specialty.
By entering the Match system, applicants are contractually obligated to go to the residency, internship or fellowship program at the institution to which they were matched. The same applies to the programs; they are obligated to take the applicants who matched into them.
The WVU School of Medicine has a great history of Match success on all three campuses. Every year our students match into some of the most competitive residency specialties in the country.
To see where our students have been placed in the last four years, click a year on the right-hand menu.
What does Match Day mean to our students?
To Emily Witsberger, Match Day is the culmination of four years of hard work and represents the next big step in her career.
"I think that the role of a physician is one of great privilege and responsibility, and I'm excited to soon be joining this profession that I so strongly admire."