Nearly 400 fourth-year medical students at Baylor College of Medicine and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Friday learned where they will continue their education, a doctor’s rite of passage known as Match Day.
At campuses around the country, more than 30,000 medical students opened envelopes containing their residency assignment, the hospital where they’ll receive immersive training for the next three to seven years. The annual event, now in its 67th year, matches graduates to programs based on their rankings of preferred hospitals and hospital officials’ rankings of the graduates. Both sides agree in advance to accept the pairing, which is done by computer.
The local participants included 239 graduates from UTHealth, 130 of whom are staying in Texas, including 51 at McGovern; and 158 from Baylor, 73 of whom are staying in Texas, including 54 at Baylor. Sixty-seven percent of Baylor students and 40 percent of McGovern students matched to primary care training, a big need in Houston, Texas and nation because of the projected shortage.