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Match Day

Match Day 2024:
March 15, 2024

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.

The Class of 2023 gathered with their loved ones to celebrate Match Day. Video by Huy Mach/Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. See the story and photos »

Weeks before Match Day, 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.

Finding the best fit

Career counseling dean Kathryn Diemer, MD, meets with students early and often to facilitate a successful match. Dr. Diemer notes that the Match is an increasingly involved process. She guides students toward necessary clinical, service and research experiences, and helps them network. “The better we are,” she says, “the better our match results and, importantly, the happier our students.”

Read more in Outlook magazine »

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.

Photos and stories

For many medical students and their families, Match Day is an occasion as momentous as a wedding — a life event forever etched in their memories, shared with the classmates and loved ones who supported their journey to becoming doctors. Click below to see the celebration of past Match Day events.

Match Day 2023

Match Day coverage by year