As you all know from reading information on the thread, Residency Applicaiton Process, I participated in the Scramble along with about 10 of my classmates. I wanted to describe what happened on Match Day for us and the rest of my class.
If you did not participate in the Scramble where you knew two days ago, where you would be next year, Match Day was the day when you opened your envelope and received the actual news as to where you would be.
Match Day started out at 11AM when the Senior Class gathered in the auditorium with the Deans, faculty, family, members of the Class of 2003, 2004 and 2005 and friends for a Long White Coat Ceremony. The ceremony consisted of a speech by Dr. LaSalle Leffall, Jr., our leading surgeon reminding us of why we entered medicine in the first place. The speech and introductions lasted about 30 minutes.
As Dr. Lefalle finished his speech, our Dean of Education appeared with the letters ( in alphabetical order) containing our results. She let us know that for the first time in Howard history, my class had a greater than 95% match rate for the class after the Scramble. Most of the people in my class went into Internal Medicine with Peds a close second. General Surgery, was pretty low as expected.
As our names were called, we walked across the stage, were cloaked with a long white labcoat, picked up an envelope and were told not to open the envelopes until everyone had one. At the end of the ceremony, we were allowed to open our envelopes. Since I already knew where I was going, this was pretty anti-climactic for me.
The student standing next to me burst into tears because she didn’t match where she really wanted to be. My best friend matched at Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Ft. Gordon in Augusta GA for General Surgery. Another friend matched at Baystate General Hospital (Tufts) for Internal Medicine. I was the only match at University of Virginia for anything. Other places we had matched were Mayo Clinic for Orthopedic Surgery, Hopkins for Internal Medicine, UCLA for Family Practice, SUNY Downstate for General Surgery, Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh for Pediatrics, University of West Virginia for Anesthesia, 8 at Howard for various specialties, Georgetown for Pediatrics and MCV for Pediatrics.
We all gathered on stage for a class photo in our new long white coats with our names and MD and our departments. We then had a reception and champagne toast before going home.
Later tonight, the second year class gives us a send-off party called “The Smoker”. This year’s theme is Taking the Gamble. Our next hurdle will be graduation on 10 May 2002 and residency on 1 July 2002.
It was a blast…