MEDIA ADVISORY: Graduating medical students see their future at Match Day, March 17

    Match Day 2016
    Match Day 2016

    WHO:  Approximately 150 fourth-year students in the University of Louisville School of Medicine who will receive M.D. degrees in May.

    WHAT:   The students will gather in anxious anticipation of high noon when they open envelopes revealing where they will embark on residency training. The news in those envelopes determines where these young doctors will live, what medical specialty they will pursue, and who will join them for the next three to seven years of their training. Fourth-year students at medical schools across the nation all learn their residency destinations at noon EDT on Match Day.

    WHEN:  Friday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m.

    To capture the moment when students open their envelopes, arrival by 11:30 a.m. is advised.

    The complete schedule:

    10 a.m.: Doors open; students arrive

    11:45 a.m.: Envelopes distributed

    Noon: Open envelopes

    12:20 p.m.: Door prize drawings

    12:45 p.m.: The event ends

    WHERE:  Mellwood Arts Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave., Louisville, KY  40206


    After graduating from medical school, physicians must complete training in residency programs in a medical specialty such as internal medicine, pediatrics or surgery. The physicians obtain this training at academic medical centers, teaching hospitals and other health-care providers across the United States. Last year’s UofL graduates obtained matches to train at prestigious medical centers such as Johns Hopkins University, Mayo Clinic, UofL and many others.

    The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) provides a uniform process for matching medical school applicants with residency programs based on the preferences of both. The students interview with officials at residency programs in the fall of their final year of medical school. Students then submit their preferences to the NRMP, and residency programs submit their preferences for applicants. A matching algorithm uses those preferences to match individuals into positions, and students throughout the United States receive their match notices precisely at noon on the third Friday of March – Match Day.

    Watch a video of the 2016 event.

    CONTACT:   Betty Coffman, 502-852-4573 or 502-475-5727,

    Betty Coffman
    Betty Coffman is a Communications Coordinator focused on research and innovation at UofL. A UofL alumna and Louisville native, she served as a writer and editor for local and national publications and as an account services coordinator and copywriter for marketing and design firms prior to joining UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing.