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March 17, 2017

MU School of Medicine lobby on Match Day 2017

MU Medical Students Learn Residency Destinations

98 percent of the class received a residency program match

Match Day is one of the most anticipated and exciting days for thousands of fourth-year medical students nationwide. It’s the day they find out where they will spend the next several years in their first jobs as physicians, training in their chosen specialties.

At 11 a.m., University of Missouri School of Medicine students simultaneously ripped open the sealed envelopes that contained their fates as future physicians. The gallery was overwhelmed with hugs, high-fives and tears from families and friends as 97 fourth-year medical students celebrated the start of a new chapter in their lives.

The 2017 class of medical students from the MU School of Medicine was highly sought after: 98 percent of the class received a residency program match, meaning many hospitals and health systems chose graduating MU medical students as their top residency candidates.

Twenty-five percent of the MU School of Medicine’s class of 2017 will stay on the MU campus for their residency training. Thirty-eight percent of MU medical students will remain in Missouri, and 32 percent of this graduating class selected residency programs in high-need primary care fields, including internal medicine, pediatrics and family medicine.

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 43,000 medical school graduates compete for approximately 31,000 residency positions each year.

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