WVU medical students learn residency matches during national celebration

Monongalia and Preston

Graduating medical students, including those from West Virginia University School of Medicine gathered all across the nation Friday afternoon, as they learned where they will spend the next several years of training on National Match Day.

Many students consider it the most exciting day of the medical school experience as they learned where they’ll complete residency training.

“So, some would call this the draft for medical students, we’re not going to the NFL or the NBA, but we’re going on to higher education academic medical centers to continue our graduate medical training to become specialized in different fields,” said Jeff Cannon, student of WVU School of Medicine.

The national residency matching program produces matches for students by using an algorithm that will take the students self-rank of places where they would like to go.  The residency program, in turn, ranks the applicants into a listing for further evaluation.

“There’s over 18,000 U.S. seniors involved in the process and over 30,000 physicians in total participating, so we’re really fortunate to be a part of the whole match process for our students,” said Norman Ferrari, Vice Dean of Education for WVU School of Medicine.

All of the waiting and anxiousness culminates on National Match Day, as envelopes are unveiled and drawn randomly for students to have the opportunity to share their excitement and great news with family and fellow students. 

“I think match day is definitely something that everybody feels nervous about, but it’s very exciting too, and it’s exciting to see what your friends are doing, and maybe you get to be with some of your friends at where you get to go next.  So, it’s definitely a lot of nervousness, but also a lot of excitement,” said Tyler Overholt, a student at the WVU School of Medicine.

For more updates and information on the WVU School of Medicine, you can visit their website at medicine.wvu.edu.

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