Medical Residences Decided for Students on 'Match Day'
March 19, 2010 – Medical students in their fourth year count down to Match Day – the third Thursday in March when they receive envelopes telling them where they’ll spend the next three to seven years in residency.
The wait was over March 18, when some 190 students gathered on the Medical Center campus with their families and mentors to hoping to be matched to their desired residency programs.
A Nervous Wreck
“I’m a nervous wreck,” said Robert Bellmore (M’10) just before the noon opening his envelope at the Match Day ceremony in the Med-Dent Building. “I have been on edge all week.”
Cheers filled the room after students learned their fate.
“I can’t believe it,” Bellmore said. “I was accepted to my No. 1 choice, at Mayo.”
Getting First Choice
About 90 percent of this year's graduating students were matched with their first choice, said Stephen Ray Mitchell, dean for the School of Medicine.
Some students had special matching requests.
Recently engaged, students Patricia Notario (M’10) and Robert McDermott III (M’10) asked to be placed together and got their wish. The couple plans to marry in late April and start their residencies at Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center just outside of Chicago.
“It’ll be an exciting three years for us,” said Notario, who will do her residency in pediatrics while McDermott does his in emergency medicine.
Howard Federoff, executive vice president for health sciences, took the opportunity to congratulate the students during the Match Day ceremony. He and Mitchell shared how proud they are of the students’ accomplishments to date.
“Georgetown produces the best medical students in the country,” Mitchell said. “I’m looking forward to the future with each of you.