Meet Your Match

Friday, March 17, 2017

Medical students get residency assignments at Match Day event

A 10-second countdown to 11 a.m. March 17 ended with envelopes opening, hugs, cheers and tears of joy as fourth-year Rush Medical College students found out where they will be receiving their residency training. They gathered at the Union League Club of Chicago for Match Day, when medical students across the United States simultaneously open envelopes containing information about their future in medicine.

A total of 115 Rush medical students matched with residency programs in 21 different specialties across 69 institutions.

“I know they represent the very finest qualities of our profession,” says Sharon Sholiton, MD, assistant professor, Rush Medical College. “This is the culmination of a long journey – an investment of many years of effort and hard work.”

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.

Rush will remain home for 15 students, who will continue their training at Rush University Medical Center, while other students will train in residency programs at such prestigious institutions as Stanford and Mayo Clinic and the Yale New Haven Hospital.