Swipe right: UA medical students meet their match for residency programs
PHOENIX – The countdown ended.
Phoebe Chang, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, wearing a tight grin, ripped open the ribbon on a box holding her future.
Blue and red balloons were attached to a gold satchel that contained the news of where she will spend the next four years of her residency. Chang opened the satchel, gasped – then turned to hugged her family.
She got her first choice: Emergency care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
“I love emergency medicine because I love the variety,” Chang said. “I get to take care of anyone who walks through the door, the emergencies and not-so-much emergencies.”
Chang’s was one of 80 boxes arranged around the perimeter of the courtyard at the college’s Phoenix campus on Friday morning. Other med students erupted as they got their own news on Match Day, named after the matchup between a graduating medical student and the medical program where they will spend their residency. The annual ritual happens at medical schools at the same time all across the country, after five months of filling out applications and flying around the country to be interviewed as students narrow and submit their choices for residency programs, according to the university website.
“Oh my God!” students around Chang shouted as they read their results. “No way!”