Over 150 students in the UNC School of Medicine found out their placement for residency training, the next step on their path toward becoming doctors, on Friday, March 15.
Unlike applying for undergraduate programs, these students aren’t given the option to select the location of their residency training. Rather, they apply to programs across the country, interview at some of these programs and then rank their top choices. Following the interviews, the programs also get to rank their top choice of students.
“The students spend time in the fall and in the winter interviewing at programs and then starting in January, and ending in February, the students and the programs enter their match list,” said Dr. Georgette Dent, associate dean for student affairs in the School of Medicine. “And then there is a computer program, it’s run by the NRMP, the National Residency Matching Program, that literally matches students to programs.”
Once both the students and the programs enter their choices, it becomes a waiting game until Match Day, held annually in March.
While the actual matching process is handled entirely through the NRMP computer program, Dent and her colleagues at the UNC School of Medicine still help their students prepare by refining resumes and practicing for interviews.