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Match Day

Match Day 2021:
March 19, 2021

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.

Match Day 2020 was a virtual event to comply with public health recommendations to slow the novel coronavirus. “We are entering the field of medicine at an unprecedented moment, and we’re ready to help,” said student Kate Douglas. Read the story »

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.

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

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Match Day 2020