HERSHEY, Pa. — Fourth-year medical students across the country today discovered where they will spend their residencies in an annual tradition known as Match Day. For more than 130 students at Penn State College of Medicine, their Match Day event March 15 at Hershey Country Club included a countdown to the moment when they ripped open the envelopes that held word about their futures. That moment was marked by cheers, hugs and tears.
The event was the culmination of a process that began months ago as students visited and evaluated residency programs -- and the programs evaluated them. Each student learned whether he or she was successfully matched with the residency program of their choice.
Some of the students will remain at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center while others will be going to residency programs throughout the country.