Match Day is the culmination of the four years of medical school when students are matched with the residency program they will begin after graduation.
How do students get matched to a residency?
Throughout the fall semester of their fourth year, students apply to and interview with residency programs in their desired specialty. They then create a rank order list of preferences. The National Residency Matching Program then uses an algorithm to match preferences of students with those of residency programs.
How does Match Day work?
On the third Friday of March, fourth-year students gather to find out where they have matched for residency. All senior medical students across the country receive their results at the same time on Match Day. Beginning at 11 am Central Time on Match Day, students are called to the front of the room to collect their envelope with their match results.