Congratulations to the Class of 2016 on Match Day!
For medical students nationwide, Match Day is the culmination of four years of hard work, and many consider it the most exciting day of the medical school experience. Students receive notice of their residency matches beginning at 12:00 Noon (EDT) on the third Friday of March each year, and at UVM that event is shared by the entire College of Medicine community.
The graduating class enters the Gallery filled with faculty, staff, administrators and fellow students who are there to share in the celebration. After greetings from the leaders, including the Dean and University President, the Associate Dean of Students brings in the envelopes just before the noon hour. Envelopes are drawn randomly in groups, and each student has the opportunity to step to the podium (some with their families in tow) and open their envelope to share the news about where their residency program will begin.
Some students choose to open their envelope in private and then step up to share their Match news. A live feed broadcasts the celebration to families and friends wherever they are, and students who are away on rotations often have their envelopes opened by a delegate so they can learn their Match news along with their classmates. Another tradition is that each student places $1 in a jar when receiving their envelope, with the last person called earning the jar money as a reward for their long wait.