Medical students learn residency assignments during ceremony

March 19, 2010

On March 18 at noon, fourth-year Penn State College of Medicine medical students joined thousands of fellow medical students across the country in simultaneously opening letters to learn which hospitals and health care providers have accepted them into residency programs. The much-anticipated ceremony is known as Match Day.

The sound of more than 135 ripping envelopes filled the Hershey Country Club and was soon followed by cheers, hugs, and toasting champagne as the students, many surrounded by family and friends, learned their fates.

Match Day included 17 students from central Pennsylvania. This year, 25 members of the 148 members of the Class of 2010 were accepted into the College of Medicine’s various residency programs and will remain at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Fourth-year medical students began the residency assignment process months ago by researching, visiting and interviewing with directors of residency programs that interested them. At the same time the residency programs were evaluating the students. In February, students filed their rank-order lists of residency programs of interest. Medical program directors also filed their rank-order lists of applicants. The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), a private, not-for-profit corporation established in 1952, completes the “match.” Each year, approximately 16,000 U.S. medical school seniors participate in the residency match.

According to the NRMP, this was the largest Match in history: 30,543 applicants participated — 655 more than last year and 3,800 more than in 2006.

Twelve additional College of Medicine students did not participate in Match Day. They learned before today’s event that they have been matched with military or other special programs.

College of Medicine students now look forward to graduation ceremonies before beginning their residency programs. The 2010 graduation is May 16.

A video clip from today’s Match Day ceremony is available on the Penn State Hershey YouTube channel at

For photos of Match Day, go to

  • College of Medicine senior Jonathan Danoff and his wife react to learning he is headed to New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center for a residency in orthopaedic surgery and research. For more photos, click on the image above.

    IMAGE: Penn State College of Medicine

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Last Updated November 18, 2010