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 (1:00 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.
*To protect our students' privacy, we have chosen not to publish our students’ Match List.
Match Day 2020
- Feature story – *University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Hosts Virtual Match Day Celebration.
- Photo album.
- The Differential – Class of 2020 Match Day Special Edition (PDF).
- AZCentral – For UA Medical Students, This Year's Match Day Celebrations will be Online.
- Today – How the Coronavirus is Changing Our Relationship with Technology.
- Cayman Martin.
- Daniel Salevitz.
- Megan Burke.
- Madeline Heiland.
- Elisa Molnar.
- Amber Sandoval-Menendez.
- Shivani Misra.
- Fawsia Osman.
Class of 2020 Match Day Fast Facts
- 19,326 active applicants (seniors at US Allopathic Medical Schools).
- Four couples matched.
- 19 states will be represented.
- 33 percent of the students matched into primary care.
- 36 students are staying in Arizona for all their years of residency.
- Seven additional students will do a preliminary year in Arizona and then go elsewhere for their specialty.
- Of these 43 AZ students:
- 24 will be at Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix.
- Six will be at Banner University Medical Center – Tucson.
- Four will be at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
- Four will be at Creighton University Affiliated Hospitals.
- Five will be at Mayo, Abrazo and other Tucson-area Hospitals.
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*As concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to escalate, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix must make difficult decisions to protect the health of our students and their families, faculty and staff. In discussions with our student government and our fourth-year students, we made the difficult decision to cancel our in-person Match Day 2020.