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Match Day 2014
MU fourth-year medical students Andrew Pelikan (left), and Meryl Sundy (right), open letters that reveal where they will train as resident physicians. March 21, 2014, was Match Day for 96 fourth-year medical students at MU and for thousands of medical students nationwide. Pelikan will remain at MU to train in its new emergency medicine residency program, while Sundy will train in ophthalmology at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.

Match Day Marks Start of New Chapter for 96 Medical Students

Announcement for residency placement sparks waves of emotion

After four years of medical school and countless hours of anticipation, medical students gathered at the University of Missouri School of Medicine March 21, 2014, tearing open sealed envelopes for a glimpse of their futures. It was Match Day for the 96 medical students at MU, a national event when graduating medical students nationwide learn where they will continue their medical training as resident physicians.

Twenty-five percent of MU School of Medicine’s Class of 2014 learned they will stay on the MU campus for their residency training, and 46 percent of the class will stay in Missouri. Forty percent of MU’s graduating medical students selected residency programs in high-need primary care fields, including internal medicine, pediatrics and family medicine.

The MU School of Medicine has educated Missouri physicians for more than 165 years. With more than 4,200 physician alumni in Missouri, more of the state’s physicians received their medical degrees from MU than from any other university. MU's medical school also is nationally ranked in primary care, with the Department of Family and Community Medicine ranked in the top 10 nationally for more than 20 years.

Match Day is the culminating annual event of the National Resident Matching Program, which pairs medical students with physician residency programs. Students rank their residency program choices in order of preference, and residency program directors rank their choices among the students.

With the information from students’ and residency directors’ rankings, the National Resident Matching Program uses a computer program to determine the best matches for students and residency programs. The results are released in the third week of March when medical students across the United States simultaneously open letters with their “matches.” More than 40,000 medical school graduates competed for approximately 29,000 residency positions this year.

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