Match Day 2016

Sarah Hansen
March 24, 2016

MD/PhD students on Match Day 2016Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program Yoji Shimizu, PhD, stands with the MD/PhD students who matched in 2016. Photo by Joe Vruno

Medical students and their supporters flocked to McNamara Alumni Center on Friday, March 18, 2016, to celebrate Match Day.

Graduating Duluth medical student Jarrod Tembruell led the event as master of ceremonies and entertained the crowd with a great set of jokes and observances from his time as a medical student.

Dean Brooks Jackson, MD, MBA, was introduced as the first speaker. He remembered his match day which led him to the University of Minnesota as a pathology resident and set his career toward research, teaching, and patient care.

Duluth’s Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions Robin Michaels, PhD, spoke next and she was excited to attend. Since joining the University of Minnesota in 2013, this was the first class of Duluth students that she’d worked with directly who went on to the match.

“It doesn’t matter whether you get your first or second choice,” Michaels told the crowd. “What you have in that envelope is a golden ticket.” Her sentiments landed meaningfully with everyone in the room.

Director of the Program in Human Anatomy Anthony Weinhaus, PhD, concluded the programming by remembering the students on their first days of class. Though he often forms close ties to the students as one of their first professors on the Twin Cities campus, this was the first time he’d delivered a speech at Match Day.

At 11:00 a.m., the envelopes began to enter the hands of students. Because the class decides how to organize their Match Day activities, this year everyone waited to open the envelopes until they had all been dispersed. Tension mounted as each person crossed the stage.

Spencer Loch on Match Day 2016 smSpencer Loch celebrates with family after getting his first choice program at Abbott Northwestern in internal medicine. Photo by Joe Vruno

Faculty mentors from both campuses were there to hand out envelopes to their students. Mentors were called to the stage at random, with their students also being called at random, and the last person to cross the stage won a fishbowl full of money, to which each student contributed a dollar earlier in the day.

Money or no, the best prize of the day was when students were able to open their match letters and begin to appreciate their residencies and the next phase of their lives.

Our results at a glance:

  • 230 students matched overall
  • 95 are staying in Minnesota
  • 53 matched to programs at the University of Minnesota
  • 135 will go out of state
  • 115 matched to primary care residencies (internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, med-peds)

More stats on Match 2016 can be found online in our Class of 2016 Residency Match List.

Photos from Match 2016 are available on photographer Joe Vruno’s website.

Live tweets from the event used the hashtag #umnmatchday.

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