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Friday, March 21, 2014

 Class preisdent Joey Mechak is thrilled to be heading for Virginia and a Peds residency.

For the first time, the Match Day ceremony for the University of Maryland School of Medicine was not held in historic Davidge Hall. Fitting for an event that includes laughter, tears and even musical interludes and dancing, the hoopla moved this year to the Hippodrome Theater for the ceremony on March 21. And boy was it a great show! “It’s very exciting, very surreal. It feels like it shouldn’t even be time to Match yet, but here we are,” said Zachary Haupt, who learned he is heading to Ann Arbor for an internal medicine residency at the University of Michigan Hospitals.

Held at the same time in medical schools around the country, Match Day is when fourth-year medical students learn the residency program into which they have been accepted. The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) conducts the Match nationwide, using a computer algorithm that aligns the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs in order to fill thousands of training positions available at U.S. teaching hospitals.

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“I think this, for a lot of students, is actually bigger than graduation day,” said Brandon Smith. “It’s the next part of our education, of our journey to becoming doctors, and it has a really special place in our hearts, this ceremony. Graduation is important, too, but Match Day is the start of all the good things to come.” Brandon will be staying close to home now that he has landed a Pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

“Graduation is the capstone to everything, but a lot of our hard work and the long hours we put in will really be rewarded today when we open those envelopes and find out where we’re going to spend the next couple years of our lives,” added Joseph Mechak, president of the Class of 2014. “It’s a big day, and people get really excited about it.” Joseph will do a Pediatrics residency at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Match Day can be a torturous process for students, as names are called randomly from a chest full of envelopes, so the future doctors don’t know if they will be first or last to find out where they’re headed. David Brauer was the lucky student who got the first envelope, finding out he is heading to Scripps Clinic/Green Hospital in La Jolla, California for an internal medicine residency. Praveen George was the last to get an envelope, and proudly announced to the crowd that he had landed an internal medicine residency at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. As a reward for his patience, Praveen won the contents of a bank in the shape of Pumbaa from The Lion King, into which each student had put a monetary donation before accepting his/her Match letters. (The theme for this year’s Match Day was Hakuna Matata.) This money is traditionally used for an after-Match celebration.

The University of Maryland School of Medicine had 161 students who matched on March 20, 2014. Fifty members of the Class of 2014 will stay in the state of Maryland for their residency training. By comparison, 41 members of the Class of 2013 stayed in Maryland. Our students this year matched at 73 different hospitals in 28 states. This is compared to 67 hospitals in 27 states last year.

  • 17 percent matched in internal medicine, compared to 16 percent last year.
  • 12 percent matched in pediatrics, compared to 8 percent last year.
  • 9 percent matched in family medicine, compared to 13 percent last year.
  • 9 percent matched in emergency medicine, compared to 10 percent last year.
  • 9 percent matched in general surgery, compared to 5 percent last year.
  • 3 percent matched in obstetrics and gynecology, compared to 3 percent last year.
  • 2 percent matched in radiology, compared to 5 percent last year.
  • 6 percent matched in psychiatry, compared to 6 percent last year.

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 Family celebrations were taking place all around as the envelopes were opened.

 Dr. Donna Parker received many hugs from happy students as she handed out the envelopes.

 The view from the stage for the Matchees.

 A happy couple finds their Match.

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