• March 16, 2012
  • "Medical March Madness" as Perelman School of Medicine Students Countdown to Match Day

  • Annual Ceremony Marks Transition into Graduate Medical Training

PHILADELPHIA — At the stroke of noon on Friday, March 16, 140 Perelman School of Medicine students (70 women and 70 men) will gather in an emotion-filled ceremony to open their "residency placement" envelopes and learn where they will spend the next few years receiving their advanced medical training.

Known as "Match Day," the annual ceremony is the culmination of a process that began in the fall through the National Residency Matching Program, which helps pair graduating medical students with the hospital or medical center of their choice.

The ceremony is as action-packed and exciting as an NCAA tournament game — with students rushing up and down the aisles of the auditorium, accepting their match letters, as friends and families cheer and wave posters with words of support.

This year, four students at the Perelman School of Medicine are sharing their thoughts and perspectives during this exciting week of their lives — in their own written words — via a special Match Day blog and live tweets throughout the day. Family, friends, and news media can follow the excitement via the blog and by using the #PennMatch hashtag on Twitter.

Match Day was established in 1952, at the request of medical students, to provide a fair and impartial transition to the graduate medical education experience.

WHERE: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Dunlop Auditorium — Stemmler Hall
3450 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Across the courtyard from the Rhoads Pavilion at HUP
WHEN: March 16, 2012
12 p.m. — 1 p.m.
WHO: Introduction by J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and dean of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Gail Morrison, MD, senior vice dean for Education and director of the Office of Academic Programs, Perelman School of Medicine

Jon Morris, MD, associate dean for Student Affairs, Perelman School of Medicine


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