Rite of Passage

Medical Students Celebrate Next Step

Medical students hug each other in congratulations.

Nearly 300 fourth-year students 
in the IU School of Medicine took 
the next big step on the way to their professional dreams March 16, during the annual National Match Day 2012, learning where each will tackle the next phase of their training.

The students each received a bright red envelope containing their fates during the event at the IUPUI Campus Center in one of the final gatherings of the 290 students who are winding up their preparation at the medical school.

Match Day is the culmination of four years of medical school and the first step toward specialized residency training in each student’s chosen career path. To celebrate the moment, this year’s class's chosen theme was a luau, complete with inventive costumes and props, and even a limbo event at the after-party.

Students from throughout the state, across the nation and around the world were part of the festivities, which combine excitement with anticipation, joy and even an occasional tinge of disappointment. Students can request their preferred residency position, but there are no guarantees since scores of other medical students also may seek the same spot.

The soon-to-be medical graduates accepted residency positions in 34 different states, including Indiana. Approximately 38 percent will remain in state for the next phase, including 69 who will remain on the IUPUI campus at IU Health facilities (University Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children or other IU Health sites), at Eskanazi (formerly Wishard) Health Services or the Roudebush VA Medical Center.

More than 40 percent will enter primary-care programs, including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, primary internal medicine and combined internal medicine–pediatrics.