Resident applicants at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership, comprising medical students from the University of Georgia and Augusta University, took the next step in their medical education Friday in Athens, during a St. Patrick’s Day-themed Match Day.
Match Day lets students know at which hospital or other medical institution they will be pursuing their postgraduate medical education. The matches were announced at noon in George Hall at the UGA Health Sciences Campus, as sealed envelopes addressed to individual students were dropped from lanterns for each of the members of the class of 2017. Inside each envelope was a personal letter revealing where the student will pursue his or her postgraduate medical education.
An annual event, Match Day is the culmination of a process in which students participate in interviews and visits to residency programs in Georgia and across the country. To determine the post-graduation assignments, the students ranked hospitals where they would like to complete residencies and hospital residency programs ranked the student applicants.
The lists are then submitted to the nonprofit National Resident Matching Program in Washington, D.C., which uses an algorithm that aligns the choices of the applicants with those of the residency programs. The final pairings are announced simultaneously across the United States at noon on the third Friday in March.
“This is the fourth successful match here in Athens at the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership,” Dr. Shelley Nuss, campus dean of the partnership, said Friday. “The accomplishments of the 41 students that spent the majority of their time learning medicine at the partnership have landed them at top-tier residency programs across the U.S.
According to Nuss, the new residents will be going to 18 different states to pursue studies in 18 different specialties. Thrity-two percent of the residents will be staying in Georgia and 40 percent will be joining primary care programs, Nuss said.
“Thank you to the faculty, administrators, staff and mentors in our community who have devoted their time to educating our future physicians,” Nuss said Friday.
The Georgia hospitals to which the new residents are bound include the Medical Center of Columbus, Gwinnett Medical Center, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Wellstar Kennestone Regional Medical Center and Atlanta Medical Center.