Match Day at Geisel: A Medical Milestone

Fourth-year medical students find out where they'll start their residency training.

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On Match Day, thousands of fourth-year medical students across the U.S. simultaneously learn where they will start their residency training after graduation. For medical students, the annual event is one of the most anticipated, exciting, and emotional days of their medical education. And each medical school has its own tradition of handing out the all-important letters to relay the news.

This year, in compliance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding social gatherings to limit the spread of COVID-19, many medical schools across the U.S., including the Geisel School of Medicine, changed their Match Day celebration. For Geisel, the March 20 ceremony was delivered at noon via email from the school's Clinical Education Office to the 88 graduating medical students. Printed Match letters were to be placed in student mailboxes later in the day.

"This year's Match Day celebration was bittersweet as we weren't able to celebrate our news all together in our originally shared vision," says Myriam Taibi '20. "And yet we flourished—from the sweet social media posts, texts, and videos by classmates, we were able to tune in online and celebrate each other's results virtually together. I am so excited for everyone's next adventure."