Why Wright State med students learn their future Friday

Wright State medical students — and thousands of other U.S. med students — at exactly noon this Friday will each tear open an envelope and learn their future.

Inside the envelopes are the names of where the students will spend the next three to five years doing their residencies and launching their careers as doctors.

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The ceremony is called Match Day and it’s a tradition for medical students dating back to 1952.

Leading up to the event, students ranked their top choices of hospitals and the hospitals ranked their top choices of future residents. Then the nonprofit National Resident Matching Program gives each student their final match, which is revealed on the paper inside the envelope.

“A rite of passage for those on the verge of becoming physicians, Match Day at the Boonshoft School of Medicine is the festive highlight of the academic year,” Wright State said.

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