Resident education: Striking the right match

By Sally Chapralis

Graduating medical school students face the challenge of finding a rewarding residency
“Match Day could be considered both the worst and the most exciting day of your life,” says Joshua Snyder, MD, AAOS resident liaison at the Loyola University Medical Center program in Chicago. “It’s a good program that benefits medical students by removing the favoritism factor.”

Match Day, which this year was March 15, is when medical school seniors learn where they will spend their residency years. Conducted by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), the Match tries to provide a fair and impartial transition from medical school to residency. NRMP applies a computer algorithm that aligns applicant preferences with residency program opportunities at U.S. teaching hospitals.

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