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WVU medical students to learn residency placements during Match Day

A person hugs another person after learning their match for residency placement. Two others are at a podium in the background.

On Friday (March 15), more than 100 WVU School of Medicine graduating medical students will learn where they will be training as resident physicians. (WVU Photo)

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WHO: More than 100 West Virginia University School of Medicine graduating medical students across three campuses

WHAT: Match Day is the national day when fourth-year medical students learn where they will spend the next several years training as resident physicians.

WHEN AND WHERE: Friday, March 15

     • Erickson Alumni Center, 1 Alumni Drive, Morgantown (Morgantown and regional campus students)
         11:30 a.m. — Remarks from the Dean
         Noon — Envelope distribution

     • Edgewood Country Club, 1600 Edgewood Drive, Charleston (Charleston Division students)
         10:30 a.m. — Class photo
         10:45 a.m. — Reception/Brunch
         Noon — Envelope distribution

     • Purple Iris, 1956 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg (Eastern Division students)
         11 a.m. — Reception
         Noon — Ceremony

These events are ticketed and closed to the public.

NOTES: Match Day is the culmination of years of hard work for medical students nationwide. Many students consider it the most exciting day of the medical school experience as they learn where they will complete their residency training.

Up until Match Day, final-year medical students complete numerous applications and interviews at specialty residency programs of their choice.

Students rank the places where they would like to continue their medical training. The residency programs, in turn, rank the applicants. The information is entered into the National Resident Matching Program which uses an algorithm to produce a list of “matches.”

The Match Day celebration allows the graduating class to be joined by family, faculty, staff, administrators and fellow students to share in the excitement.

At noon, envelopes are unveiled and drawn randomly, and each student has the opportunity to step to the podium and open their envelope to share the news in real-time as to where their residency program will start.




Cassie Thomas
Communications and Marketing Director
WVU School of Medicine

Jeff Driggs
Communications and Marketing Director
WVU School of Medicine — Charleston

Sam Haines
Communications Specialist
WVU School of Medicine — Eastern