At 11 a.m. today, students gathered in the medical school's Acuff Gallery surrounded by family and friends to learn their fates as future resident physicians and where they will be training in their chosen specialties. Match Day is celebrated today by medical schools across the nation.
The 2022 class of medical students from the MU School of Medicine was highly sought after: 96% of the class received a residency program match, meaning many hospitals and health systems chose graduating MU medical students as their top residency candidates.
This year, 30% of the class will stay on the MU campus for their residency training, 43% will remain in Missouri and 35% will train in high-need care fields.
Of these 110 students, 20 have spent the last two years in Springfield, Missouri, at the Springfield Clinical Campus. The Springfield location was established in June 2016 in partnership with CoxHealth and Mercy health systems. The program allows medical students to train in precision health by learning the nuances of rural medicine firsthand.
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.
While the majority of medical students match through the National Resident Matching Program, an increasing number of students match through early residency match programs. One student of the class of 2022 matched in December through the U.S. Military Match program; seven ophthalmology students matched through SF Match in January; and four students matched in January through the American Urological Association’s match program.