Match Day was Yesterday

Oops, I missed it. But, it doesn’t affect me like it does Blogborygmi.

The NRMP match algorithm takes, I’m told, about 90 seconds to assign this year’s 16,500 medical students and 10,000 FMGs to one of hundreds of programs in dozens of specialties. On Monday, we were informed whether or not we matched. The program directors learned the neames of their new trainees yesterday. The medical schools got the list of programs this morning.

And, just after noon, as results were posted on the NRMP website, our Dean handed the each applicant an envelope with our match results.


He’s linked to some other medical students who have matched, which is a great feeling. Bright futures all around.


  1. Totally not looking foward to March 2007…at least not yet…what a stressful day I’m sure.

  2. Everybody matches.

    As was explained to me, years ago: your class rank and the program competitiveness predict your success.

    Top 10, AOA, want to do FP? You can name your program and your location.

    Bottom 10%, want to do ortho? You can probably get a program, somewhere, but it won’t be where you want to be, and won’t be the quality you’d like.

  3. Not…”everyone” matches…there is a “scramble” that a few people must go through every year. At least at MUSC…you go where you can get a spot…in whatever you can get a spot in.

    I’m merely thinking of the stress of not knowing where in the world you’re going to go…that must be a little weird.

  4. Interesting note on match day. I have a good friend who matched in EM this week at Parkland. He has been practicing EM for over 10 years. He is FP trained, but practices as well as or better than 99% of the EM boarded Docs I know. He has been trying to find an EM job in the DFW area. Everyone has the same answer- you have to be board certified in EM. So back he goes to residency. They graciously gave him 6 months credit for 10 years of practice, FP training, rural medicine fellowship and the fact that he has been a director at a 35,000 visit per year ED for the past several years. I am glad I matched in EM when I did. The thought of having to go back through residency at this point in my career ( as you once put it) – makes me guaiac positive. I applaude him for his determination, I pity him for the torture he will endure for the next 30 months.