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Match Day

Match Day 2018:
March 16, 2018
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Match Day is an annual, nationwide event. On this day, graduating medical students across the country find out which specialties, and which hospitals or care centers, they have matched to for their residency training.

Weeks before Match Day, the students submit their preferred residency programs to the National Resident Matching Program, which uses an algorithm to make the assignments.

When Match Day arrives, graduating medical students – at Washington University and around the country – gather with classmates, family members and mentors to open the envelopes revealing the next step in their careers. Inside, they discover where they will spend the next years of their lives training to become surgeons, pediatricians, neurologists or physicians in other specialties.

Michael Worful
Top specialty choices by our graduates in 2017. See all student outcomes »

Match Day is the culmination of four years of medical school and months of applications and interviews. At Washington University School of Medicine, students are supported and encouraged along their journeys, as each seeks to find his or her best match. Here, students get a world-class medical education that fully prepares them for the challenges and rigors of residency training.

Past Match Day events

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