Match Day At ECU Med School

The country's future doctors had a life-changing moment Thursday.

Sixty-five graduating East Carolina University medical students got their matches-- which means they found out where they'll be doing their residencies. U.S. medical school graduates normally complete a three- to seven-year residency program accredited in a recognized medical specialty.

Some will be going to cities such as New Orleans, San Francisco, and Indianapolis, and some will be staying in Greenville.

Thirty-one of the students who received their matches will be staying in North Carolina, and fifteen of those will train ECU.


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  • by Bozo on Mar 19, 2010 at 07:13 AM
    In case you are interested, internet attempts to leave emails to Rep. Butterfield is inoperative. Attempts to phone his offices, Washington and local, go unanswered.
  • by Soon-to-be-Dr Location: ECU Brody School of Medicine on Mar 19, 2010 at 07:08 AM
    The Match is a fairly unique job application process. First we apply to however many programs we want/can afford to, usually 15-40 depending on specialty. Then we interview at however many we can over a 3 month period or so. After this, we make a rank list of the programs we want to train at and the programs make a list of the candidates they would like to have. Our list is usually 10-20 programs. A computer somewhere then "matches" the two lists giving preference to the candidate's list (our number one is more important than the program's nubmer one.) We have no clue where we might wind up until we open that envelope on match day because there are rules about what the programs can tell us as far as where they will be ranking us. Now we have until mid-June to find and buy a house or appartment in a new place, all while still finishing up med school.
  • by one more comment Location: Greenville on Mar 19, 2010 at 06:58 AM
    Often it's really good to do your residency in a different location from where you attended medical school. It provides diversity in training and depending on your specialty, you want to be hired by the residency program with the best training for your chosen specialty. Many who attended Medical school elsewhere will come to ECU for residency and some will remain in NC to practice later. The student and the residency program each submit their prioritized choices and the ideal result for both is that the student and and the residency program are able to be "matched" with each's first choice.
  • by match day Location: NC on Mar 19, 2010 at 06:52 AM
    How match day works: Med students interview anywhere they think they would like to go according to what they may want to specialize in. After the interviews they rank their their top choices:1,2,3,4,5.... Then the residency programs rank the possible residents: 1,2,3,4,5,.... After everyones choices are in they are entered into a computer program it sorts the results. The fact is that while most do match some of them do not, so they may have to do a scramble to see what programs have places open and hopefully they can go there.
  • by Brent on Mar 19, 2010 at 05:02 AM
    Glad someone will "train ECU" ... LOL
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Mar 18, 2010 at 10:18 PM
    You would have to live in NC and get places in SF if you wanted to stay in NC. Some people go to school to get a career that will send them someplace else intentionally.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Mar 18, 2010 at 10:12 PM
    "Do they get a choice", it all depends on their performance in medical school. Those who perform better are usually more capable of getting into their top choice residencies; however, the buck stops with the hiring hospital/health facility. It's important to note that there are plenty of medical students in North Carolina who wish to practice elsewhere (one reason why there's such a shortage of physicians in our state). However, for residency purposes, it's best for these freshly trained medical doctors to go where they can be most efficiently trained in their field of specialization. Then, hopefully some will come back and take care of the people of North Carolina.
  • by Do they get a choice... on Mar 18, 2010 at 08:31 PM
    I was wondering if the candidates it to choose where they are placed? I would hate to live in North Carolina and be placed in San Francisco.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Mar 18, 2010 at 07:30 PM
    Congrats! Now, on to long days/nights in the hospital! :)
  • by Beth Smith on Mar 18, 2010 at 06:23 PM
    Congratulations to all who matched. You are beginning a whole new era of your medical training. I wish you the very best.
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