Medical students across the United States find out where they’ve been accepted for residencies on Match Day. When students get their matches, they’re not simply learning what institutions they’ll be joining; they’re also finding out where they’ll live, who they’ll work with, and what they’ll specialize in.
Match Day lets students picture the next big steps in their medical careers—and their lives.
Tensions run high as students wait to learn where they’ve matched, but the excitement is unstoppable when Match Day finally arrives and makes the future clear. With their final portions of medical training in sight, students can clearly envision themselves as the doctors they set out to become.
“[Match Day] is sad in one way because you realize how all these people you’ve known for the past four years are going their separate ways. You’re also excited because you’re actually done with medical school... you’re actually going to be a real doctor.” - Chidozie Chimezie, a graduating medical student
A Look at Match Week
Chidozie is heading to the University of Southern California to complete his anesthesiology training.
Anju Goyal wanted to become a doctor so she could care for patients in their most physically and emotionally vulnerable moments.
Anju was diagnosed with cancer when she was just 20 years old. She’s now in remission, and the care she received from her own oncologist didn’t just heal her body, but it also helped her decide what to do with the rest of her life.
Inspired by her first-hand experience with the power of the doctor-patient relationship, Anju chose to dedicate her future to caring for others with the same commitment and strength her oncologist provided.
Anju will be a pediatrician after she completes her training at Stanford.
Kevin Young Chou
A similar desire to work with patients drove Kevin Young Chou to go to medical school. He had considered other fields, but he never found anything as special and inspiring as the doctor-patient relationship.
Kevin specializes in dermatology, and he’s eager to enrich his patients’ lives.
“The skin is the first thing people see,” Kevin said. “And there’s a lot of morbidity that comes with skin diseases, like psoriasis and eczema, and that can take a real hit on patients in terms of their functionality.”
Kevin will finish his dermatology training at UC San Diego.
Megan and Eric
“This is what I’ve always wanted to do, so I’m excited to seek out the passion and finally focus on vascular surgery,” said Eric Brian Pillado, who’s heading to Northwestern to train in integrative vascular surgery.
Megan Trieu, Eric’s close friend since high school, can’t wait to dive into internal medicine with colleagues she already knows and respects; she’s staying at UCLA to join a stellar incoming class of interns.
By Ashley Bell