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At noon on Friday, Sara Khoncarly, a fourth-year medicine student at Northeast Ohio Medical University, slid open an envelope that contained her future.
She smiled and excitedly announced she will be doing a residency for diagnostic radiology at Case Western Metro Health in Cleveland.
On Match Day, 140 students from NEOMED’s Class of 2017 were among medical students across the nation that gathered at the same time with family, friends, classmates and faculty to learn where they will spend the next three to seven years as hospital residents.
Amanda Feldman, who will leave school as an MD, received great news. Her parents, sitting in the audience, both jumped up and threw their arms around each other when she revealed her match. Feldman is headed to Cincinnati Children's Hospital, her first choice.
Luke Farley was proud to be matched with University of Michigan, as a resident in internal medicine, while his friend, Andrew Dalessandro let his wife open his envelope.
“She's opened all my step scores, so I'll let her open my match,” he said.
Dalessandro was matched with Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, TN, as a resident in emergency medicine.
By 1 p.m., each of the graduating medical students knew where they would be going for their residencies after years of hard work and a tiring process of applying for residencies.
“Match Day is a culmination of many years of hard work and sacrifice,” said Dr. Lisa Young, the vice dean of the college of medicine. “There are those that say the day of commencement is the most exciting in the life of a medical student, but Match Day holds special meaning to all of us who have gone through the grueling journey of medical school and equally grueling application process.”
Students begin applying for residency programs at the beginning of their fourth year and participate in interviews with hospital officials during the fall and winter months. Students indicate their residency preferences to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), hospitals indicate their student preferences and then the NRMP matches them with the results announced nationally on Friday.
The March Day program included a 50/50 raffle, with half of the proceeds going to a charity chosen by the graduating class and half going to the student whose envelope was drawn last. This year's charitable donation will go toward Rise Against Hunger, an international organization the provides food and aide to developing countries.
The day's results showed that about half of the graduating class will remain in Ohio for their residencies, many of whom matched with NEOMED's hospital partners.