March 14, 2007

CONTACT: Kate Olderman
(215) 349-8369

The Envelope, Please
Match Day - Traditional Rite of Passage for Penn Medical Students

(PHILADELPHIA) – Anxious University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine medical students will gather on Match Day with fellow classmates, spouses, and children to learn where they have been accepted for their residency program, the next step in their medical education. 

This is a 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.  At the ceremony, the 158 graduating (May) medical students will be called individually and handed an envelope with their results.


University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Dunlop Auditorium - Stemmler Hall [map]
3450 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Across the courtyard from the Rhoads Pavilion at HUP [map]


March 15, 2007
12 p.m.


Opening remarks by Jon B. Morris, MD, Associate Dean of Student Affairs


PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals, all of which have received numerous national patient-care honors [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.

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