On March 16, 2018, 136 fourth-year medical students at Penn State College of Medicine learned their residency destinations at Match Day, an annual tradition. A similar scene played out with their peers at medical schools across the country.
The event for Penn State College of Medicine, which took place at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel, included a countdown to the moment the students ripped their envelopes open, followed by cheers, hugs and celebration.
“This day kind of makes it real,” said Lindsay Bacik, who was matched with Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for a residency in dermatology. “I have a spot in a residency position at the program of my dreams. For so long it’s been a dream I was chasing but now it’s something I’ve actually achieved.”
About 30 percent of the College of Medicine graduates are accepting residency appointments in Pennsylvania, with 24 of those graduates staying at Hershey Medical Center. The rest of the students are headed for programs across the country. Forty percent of the graduates are entering primary care residencies. In addition to the 136 students who took part in Match Day, seven students will receive their training at military medical centers.
EDITORS: High-resolution photos of the Match Day event for your use can be downloaded here. The following high-resolution video clips and interviews are also available for your use:
- Fourth-year student Lindsay Bacik
- Fourth-year student Tony Lin
- Fourth-year student Evelyn Song
- B-roll from the Match Day event
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