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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 2022 Fast Facts

  • Eighteen medical students are staying in Arizona for all years of residency.
  • Two additional students will complete their preliminary year in Arizona, and then go elsewhere for their specialty.
  • Of these 20 Arizona students:
    • Eleven matched at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix.
    • One matched at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.
    • Four matched at Creighton University-affiliated hospitals.
    • Four matched at Abrazo, HonorHealth and Tucson Hospitals Medical Education.
  • Twenty-two states were represented as our students head to their residencies.

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