Ohio State celebrates successful medical residency match day at the Ohio Union
The culmination of four years of medical school — hours of study, clinical rotations and tough exams — is the celebratory announcement of residency position placement for medical students. In advance of Match Day, applicants and hospitals from around the country rank their order of preference, and the National Residency Matching Program runs this data through an algorithm, which works to maximize the preferences of all parties.
On March 17, nearly 200 medical students at The Ohio State University College of Medicine gathered with faculty, staff, family and friends at the Ohio Union to discover where they — these soon-to-be physicians — would begin the next chapter of their medical careers.
Carol R. Bradford, MD, MS, FACS, dean of the Ohio State College of Medicine, and other leaders shared a few words before students opened their envelopes.
“Regardless of what program you match in, you will be continuing on your journey of lifelong learning,” Dr. Bradford says. “Your extraordinary education along with your skills, empathy and compassion will allow you to become leaders in medicine.”
Jennifer McCallister, MD, associate dean of Medical Education at the College of Medicine, acknowledged that the Class of 2023 navigated their education during the entirety of the global pandemic.
“The past years have shown us your strength and resilience,” Dr. McCallister says. “You stepped up and stepped together to make a difference and you have empowered us as leaders.”
Daniel Clinchot, MD, vice dean for Education at the College of Medicine, put the significance of these accomplishments into focus by sharing that this year medical students at the Ohio State College of Medicine enjoyed a 98% match rate with students matching into 27 different specialties. Nationwide, there were close to 43,000 applicants for just 40,375 positions.
“75% of Ohio State students matched into one of their three top choices,” Dr. Clinchot says. “They are entering the field of medicine they are passionate about.”
Mary Feliu, a fourth-year medical student, was all smiles when she opened her envelope, revealing that she will stay at Ohio State in Emergency Medicine. Feliu is 42 years-old and already had a full career in the military as a science research technician before realizing her dream of entering medical school.
“It feels surreal because I’ve been after this for so long,” Feliu says. “Now I get to help people and show compassion when they come into the emergency room.”
Congratulations to The Ohio State University College of Medicine Class of 2023!