Fourth-year medical school students celebrated their residency placements with friends and family at annual Match Day event. Click the image for more Match Day photos. Photos by Sara Savat
ST. LOUIS - Irish eyes were smiling at Saint Louis University School of Medicine's 2011 Match Day event on St. Patrick's Day. Cheers, hugs, happy tears and even the occasional jump for joy, filled the room as 175 fourth-year medical students found out where they will go next year for their residencies, the next phase of their medical education.
Match Day is an annual event that combines the emotional excitement of an awards show and the yearning of the lottery. Students received their fate in sealed envelopes that they opened in the presence of friends and family.
"Match Day is the culmination of years of hard work, determination and dreams. It's an exciting day for our medical students, and one they will no doubt remember for the rest of their lives," said L. James Willmore, M.D., associate dean of SLU School of Medicine.
Prior to Match Day, medical students rank their preference for specialties and medical institutions. Likewise, hospitals and other medical institutions list their preference for residents. Students' and the program directors' rank lists are matched, which results in the selection of students for residency positions.
"We are proud of our students, who will enter all fields of medicine and surgery and will be trained in programs across the United States. Our residency match reflects the excellent quality of our students," Willmore said.
Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new cures and treatments in five key areas: cancer, liver disease, heart/lung disease, aging and brain disease, and infectious disease.
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