IU medical students celebrate in Hawaiian style when they meet their `Match?

Mar. 27, 2014

There was no sand and surf, but plenty of bright floral shirts and colorful leis were on display May 21 as IU School of Medicine students celebrated the end of four years of medical school and the beginning of the next phase of training.

Sheryl Allen

Associate Dean for Medical Student Affairs Sheryl Allen, M.D., hands a student an envelope from the National Residency Match Program during Match Day March 21.

Match Day -- better known as The Match by generations of medical students -- is a time for medical students to let down their hair while contemplating their futures. This year, the IU School of Medicine class of 2014 chose a Hawaiian theme -- and dressed accordingly, decked out in tropical shirts and grass skirts while orchid leis were the flower of choice.

Despite the festive air, the day was a sober one for students who have invested years in the classroom. During their senior year, students apply and interview for their preferred residency positions throughout the nation; their selection is administered through the National Resident Matching Program of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The 301 students in the IU School of Medicine Class of 2014, who will receive their medical degrees May 11, accepted residency positions in 38 states, including Indiana. Among this years' facts and figures:

• 36 percent of the students will pursue at least part of their residencies in Indiana.
• 68 students will be residents at IU Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children, other IU Health facilities, Eskenazi Health Services or the Roudebush VA Medical Center.
• 42 percent of IU School of Medicine graduates will enter primary-care programs, which include internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, primary internal medicine and combined internal medicine-pediatrics.

Not all students get their first or second choice, but IU School of Medicine has a history of favorable matches for students.

"The residency match is increasingly competitive and stressful, but IU students continue to do well," said Sheryl E. Allen, M.D., associate dean for medical student affairs and associate professor of clinical emergency medicine and pediatrics. "We’re happy that a large number of our students will be staying at the IU medical center and in Indiana for their residencies, but we are also sending graduates to many other prestigious programs in the country, including Johns Hopkins, Mayo, Barnes-Jewish, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, to name just a few."

To see more photos and meet some of the students who were a part of the day's event, see InScope's feature coverage on Match Day 2014.

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