College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Celebrates Match Day 2018

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The College of Medicine celebrated Match Day with its students today at the Memphis Botanic Garden. (Photo by Allen Gillespie)

Today the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center celebrated Match Day with its 155 fourth-year medical students at an event at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

Match Day, which is held on the third Friday of March each year, is the day the nation’s medical students find out the location results from the National Resident Matching Program (NMRP) Main Residency Match and learn where they will receive their training for the next three to seven years.

Students celebrated Match Day at Neyland Stadium on the Knoxville campus. (Photo courtesy of Kandi Hodges)

This year, the Main Residency Match is expected to be the largest in history, surpassing last years’ results of 43,000 applicants and 31,000 positions offered.

The preliminary numbers for UTHSC show that of 155 students expected to graduate, 150 enrolled in the NRMP Match, one student withdrew, with 149 matched to a postgraduate year one (PGY1) position after the main Match and the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program.

Thirty-seven percent of the graduating medical students matched with PGY1 positions in the UTHSC system, which includes the Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Nashville campuses. Seven percent matched with PGY1 positions in Tennessee, but outside UTHSC. A total of 53 percent matched with positions outside of Tennessee.

Specialty areas matched include 42 percent in primary care, 26 percent in non-primary care, 23 percent in surgery, and five percent in one-year programs.