Match Day is the culmination of a complex year-long process that matches the nation’s graduating medical students with residency programs. Match results are released nationally at Match Day ceremonies coordinated to occur on the same date – the third Friday in March – at the same time (1 p.m. Eastern time) each year.
Under the match process, during the first half of their senior year, medical students apply for positions at residency programs, then interview with program directors, faculty and residents. In February, students submit their list of choices in order of preference – at the same time residency program directors submit their rank-ordered lists of preferred candidates – to the National Residency Matching Program headquarters in Washington, D.C. A computer matches each student to the residency program that is highest on the student’s list and that has offered a position to the applicant. Residency programs vary in length from three years for general medicine/family practice specialties to eight years for the most specialized of surgeons.
2017 Match Day:
Class of 2017 Match Day Fast Facts:
- 18,539 active applicants (US allopathic medical schools).
- 80 Students matched this year.
- 24 States represented.
- 27 Matched into Primary Care.
- 10 Matched at University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix.
- 10 Matched at Maricopa Medical Center.
- 15 Matched in Emergency Medicine.
- 12 Matched in Radiology.
- The Class successfully matched into extremely competitive programs such as Ophthalmology, Radiology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Otolaryngology and Plastic Surgery.