Game, Set, Match

A 10-second countdown ended with hugs, cheers and tears of joy as fourth-year Rush Medical College students opened enveloped to find out where they will be receiving their residency training.

They gathered at the Union League Club of Chicago for Match Day on March 16, when medical students across the United States simultaneously open envelopes containing information about their future in medicine.

A total of 130 Rush medical students matched with residency programs in 21 different specialties across 73 institutions.

You can get a glimpse of the day’s excitement and heartfelt moments in a photo gallery on Rush University’s Facebook page.

“We are all so proud of what you’ve accomplished,” says Beth Baker, MD, senior associate dean, Rush Medical College. “Medical school is a tough journey, but this is when it gets real. You’ve earned the privilege of being a physician.”

Fourteen Rush Medical College students will continue their training with residencies at Rush University Medical Center.

Their classmates, meanwhile, will train in residency programs at other prestigious institutions, such as Stanford and the Mayo Clinic.

Match Day is the culmination of the process of applying and interviewing for residency programs at health care institutions across the country.

Once they’re done interviewing, students rank their choices in a computerized system, and the programs in turn rank their top student picks.

Depending on a student’s chosen specialty, a residency will last from three to six years and leads to eligibility for board certification in a primary care or medical or surgical specialty.

The residency is composed almost entirely of the care of hospitalized or clinic patients with supervision by senior physicians.