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MU Medical Students Meet Their Match

Highly anticipated announcement spurs spectrum of emotions

The news came fast, followed by tears, cheers and an overwhelming sense of relief. March 15, 2013, was Match Day for 94 medical students at the University of Missouri and for thousands more nationwide. The annual event informs graduating medical students where they will spend the next several years continuing their education as resident physicians.

At 11 a.m. in the MU medical school gallery, students simultaneously ripped open sealed envelopes and shared their news with family members and friends. Thirty-two percent of the MU students learned they will stay on campus to complete residencies. In all, 46 percent of this year's class will stay in Missouri to complete residencies.

Of those students in the MU Class of 2013, 44 percent chose residency training in primary care. Primary care fields include internal medicine, pediatrics and family practice.

MU has focused on producing physicians for Missouri for more than 165 years. More of the state's physicians received their medical degree from MU than from any other university. MU's medical school also is nationally ranked in primary care. The school's family and community medicine department has ranked in the top 10 nationally for more than 15 years.

The National Resident Matching Program conducts an annual match process designed to optimize the choices of medical students and residency program directors. Students rank their residency program choices in order of preference, and program directors rank students. The data is put into a computer, and the best match for both is made. In the third week of March, results of the matches are announced. More than 40,000 medical school graduates competed for approximately 29,000 residency positions this year.

Match Day 2013
Fourth-year medical students (from left) Lawrence Feigenbaum, Nick LeFevre and Whitney Beck celebrate Match Day 2013 at the University of Missouri by opening envelopes to reveal where they will spend the next several years continuing their education as resident physicians. Ninety-four MU students participated in Match Day on March 15. Approximately a third of the graduating medical students will remain at MU. Forty-six percent of them will stay in Missouri, and 44 percent will enter training in primary care.

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