SOM Students Approach Match Day with Bated Breath

March 14, 2006

Contact: Jenny Savage (505) 272-3651

For a moment on March 16 thousands of medical students across the country will collectively stop breathing. But don't bother to check any pulses; it'll only be nerves. At 11 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, medical students across America will simultaneously learn where they will serve their residencies.

UNM medical students will celebrate the monumental occasion at the Albuquerque Hilton, where they will all receive news of their residency matches as a group.

"Our medical class has a unique closeness," said Nancy Sokkary, a 4thyear medical student hoping to match in OB/GYN, "We can't wait to see where everyone ends up."

Residency is the second phase of medical education, requiring an additional three to seven years of training, depending on the medical specialty. During their residency experiences, physicians receive an in-depth training in a specialty area, such as family or emergency medicine. Residency programs enable the transition from student to physician.

Each year, approximately 33,000 applicants compete for approximately 24,000 available residency positions. The Match is determined by the National Resident Matching Program, which coordinates matching medical students with residency programs. Senior medical students and residency programs must complete a residency application and interview process. Once this is complete, students rank their top residency preferences and the residency programs rank the students. The Match is then determined by a computer algorithm-based program to make the best matches.

Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322

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