After both sides have submitted their preferences, everyone waits for months while a somewhat opaque algorithm spits out the results.
The stakes are inevitably high, but medical schools ramp up the tension of the big reveal on Match Day, which took place March 20 this year.
Match Day is the culmination of a grueling process.
After two years of basic science training and more than a year of clinical rotations, fourth-year medical students spend months interviewing with residency programs, sometimes dozens of them, at hospitals across the country.
(Don’t reserve too much pity for those people—big pharma pays pretty big bucks.) “Yuck, I hate having to write that.” Christ. It would be smart to open up more residency slots now and bring in the brightest graduates of medical schools from around the world. The federal government pays for residency slots through Medicare, and Congress more or less froze the number of positions it’s willing to fund (and the amount residents are paid) several years ago.
Without more money, few hospitals are willing to expand their training programs.
Only 6,301 matched, for a success rate of approximately 50 percent.* That figure, although very low compared with U. medical school graduates, probably flatters the international students.
People who graduate from medical schools in the Caribbean or Eastern Europe often apply for programs such as family medicine that generally have a harder time filling their positions. Doctors in many foreign countries—even Western countries—are accustomed to making major decisions with little input from patients.
You don’t want to waste your energy on a program that just isn’t that into you.(The terminology is strange, I know.) The directors of residency programs aren’t at all enthusiastic about IMGs. Some of them also failed to earn admission to colleges of osteopathic medicine, a parallel U. medical education that’s similar to traditional medical school but generally less competitive. Foreign medical graduates may choose to practice medicine in their home countries or elsewhere outside of the United States. -Laddie1 The other big Match Day losers are American patients.American students who study medicine abroad, with rare exceptions, couldn’t get into U. Many of the American candidates probably also practice medicine abroad, or go to work for pharmaceutical companies. People actually want to be able to fully understand and easily communicate with their doctors? Over the next decade, we will need to import tens of thousands of doctors.Some force their students to walk across a stage and announce their result, sharing their big moment with the assembled student body (either with a fist pump or barely disguised tears).Other schools hand out envelopes and ask students to open them simultaneously.