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Geisel Students Discover Their Future at Match Day

(left to right) Shawn Li, Sophia Bampoh, Ada Ip, Kanak Verma, Di Deng, Chelsea Modlin, Andrew Pintea.

By Derik Hertel

At the much-anticipated annual Match Day event on Friday, March 17,65 Geisel students learned where they will pursue their next three to seven years of residency training after graduation. According to the National Resident Matching Program, a record-high 35,969 U.S. and international medical school students and graduates vied for 31,757 residency positions, the most ever offered in the Match.

"Match Day is a very exciting event. After years of hard work, this is an important and emotional milestone in our students' medical training," said Duane Compton, dean of the Geisel School of Medicine.  "We are all very proud of our students and wish them the best of luck in their careers."

Best friends Asia Peek (left) and Lovelee Brown (right) open their Match Day letters together.

Every year, fourth-year medical students submit their top choices for residency programs into a computer program operated by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). Residency programs also submit lists of applicants in their order of preference. The lists are then compared against each other utilizing the AAMC's computer algorithm, matching students to their residency program.

Primary care was once again the most popular specialty choice among Geisel students with 29 choosing residencies in family medicine, internal medicine, or pediatrics. General surgery, anesthesiology, and psychiatry were the next most popular specialties. This year, Massachusetts was the most popular destination for Geisel students, followed by California, New York, North Carolina, and Washington. One student even matched to the University of Toronto in his native Canada.

After graduation, members of Geisel's class of 2017 will start their residencies at some of the most prestigious programs in the U.S, including Brigham & Women's Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center, BI Deaconess Medical Center, UC San Diego Medical Center, Duke University Medical Center, Stanford University, and many more.

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