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Waiting to Exhale: Match Day Reveals the Future to the School of Medicine Class of 2012

Historic Davidge Hall was the site of Match Day festivities on March 16, when members of the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Class of 2012 discovered where they'll pursue the next step in their medical careers. Held at the same time in medical schools around the country, Match Day is when fourth-year medical students find out the residency program into which they have been accepted.

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) conducts the match nationwide, using a computer algorithm that aligns the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs in order to fill thousands of training positions available at U.S. teaching hospitals.

"That saying, 'This is the first day of the rest of your life,' it's never been more true than today," said Bryan Curtain, who will stay here at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) for internal medicine. "But it's good. I'm more relieved than anything else right now. It's a good day. I hope everyone else had good results as well."

Match Day can be a torturous process for students, as names are called randomly from a chest full of envelopes, so the future doctors don't know if they will be first or last to find out where they're headed. John Anong was the lucky one picked first.

Ryan Campbell-Massey (pictured) was the last one to receive an envelope this year. As a reward for his patience, he won the contents of a hand-carved Mallard goose, into which each student had put a monetary donation before accepting his/her match letters. This money is traditionally used for an after-match celebration.

This year, University of Maryland School of Medicine students matched at 70 hospitals in 27 states. Colin Powers will be heading to upstate New York this summer. "I matched to University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY," he revealed. "I'm studying general surgery. It's a great relief to finally know where I'm going, so I can start to make plans."

Only 43 of the 151 students will stay here in Maryland (although not all at the UMMC). One of those is Yemi Adbayo, who will be an emergency medicine resident at UMMC. "It was my first choice," he said with a smile. "It's been so amazing. It's been a long, hard road to get to this point, but it's all worth it. I'm speechless. I never thought that I would get to this point four years ago, when I was getting that first picture taken at orientation. And now here we are."

Here Are the Major Match Stats:

* 23% matched in internal medicine, compared to 19% last year
* 11% matched in emergency medicine, compared to 10% last year
* 11% matched in family medicine, compared to 7% last year
* 8% matched in pediatrics, compared to 9% last year
* 7% matched in OB/GYN, compared to 5% last year
* 6% matched in radiology, compared to 3% last year
* 5% matched in general surgery, the same as last year
* 5% matched in psychiatry, compared to 1% last year

Posting Date: 03/19/2012
Contact Name: Caelie M. Haines
Contact Phone: (410) 706-7508
Contact Email: chaines@som.umaryland.edu