SOM Seniors Meet Their Matches
Brad and Erica Sutton were among
the 100-plus School of Medicine seniors who learned on
Thursday where they will be heading for their
PHOTO BY KEITH WELLER
Hugs, high-fives, cheers and kisses filled the Turner
Concourse on Thursday, March 18, when
of Medicine seniors found out which hospital residency
programs they will enter after graduation in May.
Some 110 Johns Hopkins students are among more than
14,000 U.S. medical students who nervously awaited Match
Day. Although participants in the National Resident
Matching Program can learn via the Web if they have
successfully matched to a program, Hopkins continues with
its traditional group ritual in which students
simultaneously open white envelopes with news of their
"Match Day is one of the most important days in a
medical student's life," said H. Franklin Herlong,
associate dean for students and associate professor of
medicine. "Residency is the time when they develop both
professionally and personally."
Prior to Match Day, students interviewed with
hospitals and then provided a rank order list of top
choices. Hospitals submit a similar list indicating
openings, preferred students and specialty or generalist
preferences. Each applicant is matched via computer to the
hospital residency program highest on the applicant's list
that has offered the applicant a position. This year,
Hopkins had five couples looking for a close match.
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