Four years of hard work and dedication led up to this one day — Match Day. The room was filled with anticipation as the Rush Medical College Class of 2019 gathered at the Union League Club of Chicago on Friday, March 15 to learn where they would be going for residency training. At 11 a.m., the students opened their envelopes together and discovered where they would be taking the next step in their medical career journey. Cheering, hugs and tears of joy quickly ensued as the students shared their residency placements with each other and celebrated with their classmates and loved ones.
An annual nationwide celebration, Match Day is the culmination of the process of applying to and interviewing with residency programs at health care institutions across the country. After the interview process is completed, students rank their programs and the programs in turn rank their applicants. A computer algorithm then matches students with the residency programs.
Depending on a student’s chosen specialty, a residency will last from three to six years and lead to eligibility for board certification in primary care or a medical or surgical specialty.
Rush Medical College has a long standing history of impressive residency placements, and this year is no exception. Rush will remain home for 24 students, who will conduct either their residencies or a one-year pre-residency internship at the Medical Center, while other students will train in residency programs prestigious institutions such as, Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic. Internal medicine was the most popular specialty, with 25 Rush students being placed in medicine residency programs, followed by emergency medicine (14 placements), pediatrics (12), neurology (8) and general surgery (8).
“We had a phenomenal match this year with many of our students matching at top-rated programs across the country,” said Elizabeth Baker, MD, senior associate dean. “We are very lucky to have many of our students staying at Rush for their residency and I am excited to watch them grow into incredible physicians.”
View the day’s excitement by watching the video and scrolling through the slideshow below. You can also review a complete list of this year’s specialties and institutions.