Match Day for the Class of 2012
Laughter, tears of joy and an abundance of excitement surrounded the annual U-M Medical School Match Day ceremony on March 15 at the North Campus Research Complex. Each of the 146 members of the Class of 2012 to participate in the National Resident Match Program learned where the next phase of their medical education will take place when they broke the seal on a simple white envelope and read the contents of the match result letter within. Some opened their envelopes somewhat privately, with only family and friends nearby, while others chose to reveal their results publicly, opening their letters on stage and announcing their match in front of all in attendance.
Approximately one-third of the class won’t be going far – 29 percent matched with residency programs here in Michigan – but the majority will be scattered around the country, with the most popular destinations being California, New York, Illinois and Washington. Primary care fields were a popular choice, with 45 percent of the class going into fields such as family medicine, internal medicine, medicine/pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology and pediatrics. In all, 99 percent of U-M participants matched successfully, a rate 5 percent higher than the national average.