The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences will hold its annual Match Day celebration for fourth-year medical students on Friday, March 17.
One of the most highly anticipated moments of medical school, Match Day is when aspiring physicians across the country learn where they will spend their residency training after graduation.
More than 150 medical students will participate in UToledo’s invitation-only event, which will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Stranahan Theater. Students will receive their individual match information at noon.
“The journey to becoming a practicing physician is long and challenging,” said Dr. Christopher Cooper, dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. “Match Day is a pivotal point in that journey, and we are so proud of their accomplishments and are filled with hope for their futures.”
Depending on the specialty, residency training lasts three to seven years.
In the runup to match, medical students spend months interviewing with hospitals and universities across the country. Students rank their top destinations, and academic and community-based health systems rank their top student choices.
A computer algorithm administered by the National Resident Matching Program then matches students and residency programs together.
Last year, 175 fourth-year medical students matched into residency programs in 24 different medical specialties.
Residents are licensed physicians who care for patients under the supervision of attending physicians while they continue to train in their chosen specialties.