Are we a match?

March 21, 2014 4:30 PM

Arthur Nead

Match Day

Graduating medical students Harjot Thind, left, and Whitney Sherman share their residency match results. (Photo by Guillermo Cabrera-Rojo)

As the third Friday of March approaches each year, graduating Tulane University medical students look forward anxiously to the traditional Match Day ceremony. At this and similar events at medical schools across the country, students, together with their families and friends, learn where they have been assigned to do their residencies by the National Residency Matching Program.

“Match Day is my favorite day of the year,” says Dr. Marc J. Kahn, senior associate dean of students at Tulane University School of Medicine. “It’s a milestone in a medical student’s career when they find out where they are going to do their residency training, their next major step toward becoming physicians.”

This year's ceremony was held Friday (March 21) in the Celestin Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown New Orleans. At exactly 11 a.m., Kahn kicked off the ceremony by sounding a spirited "Charge" on his trumpet. Then he called out student names in random order, giving each student an envelope containing a letter with information about their residency assignment. 

This year's match included 182 participants. Thirty-nine of the graduates, or 21 percent, will remain in Louisiana for their residency training. Fifty-one graduates (28 percent) matched into primary-care specialties including internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics.

“Match Day is a very special day for the students,” says Kahn. “It’s also a special day for us, the faculty, because we admitted them four years ago, and now we get to see them move on.”

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