On the third Friday of March, medical students across the nation eagerly count down the hours, minutes, and seconds until exactly 11 AM.
In a singular moment, each student feverishly opens an envelope that reveals their future — their residency program, their specialty, and their new home for the next several years or more.
Leading up to this momentous occasion, students complete three challenging but rewarding years dutifully learning both the science and art of how to care for patients, while exploring various specialties. In the fourth year, they begin to chart their own path and their vision of their future as a physician begins to take shape.
After both Residency Programs and students submit their preferences, they are “matched” together. However, these are kept secret and only revealed simultaneously across the country on that third Friday in March when all together, medical students, cherished faculty, family, and friends peer into that envelope at exactly 11 AM and CELEBRATE!!!
“UTSW has been my dream school since college. This institution has a longstanding history of providing excellent care to the medically underserved population of Dallas. As an individual interested in academic medicine, the research possibilities at UTSW are excitingly endless.”
Specialty: DermatologyView Student Spotlight
“When I visited UT Southwestern, Dr. Shawna Nesbitt, Associate Dean, Student Diversity and Inclusion, and all her staff immediately made me feel there would always be someone looking out for me with my best interests in mind as an underrepresented minority.”
Specialty: Family medicineView Student Spotlight
“It would be extremely difficult to find somewhere that offers a more comprehensive learning environment and brilliant, compassionate faculty. For example, rounding at Parkland Memorial Hospital and Clements University Hospital are very different from each other. ”
Specialty: Internal medicineView Student Spotlight
“No matter what you're interested in, the faculty at UTSW will connect you with someone who can help you. I enjoyed working closely with the Student Wellness and Counseling Center, Medical Director Dr. Preston Wiles, and Wellness Coordinator Sarah McNease. ”
Specialty: PsychiatryView Student Spotlight
“I came to UT Southwestern because I was looking for a medical school that had a very strong clinical presence...now in retrospect I had an incredible opportunity through exposure to diverse patient populations from training at Children’s Medical Center, one of the larger VAs in the country, Clements, and Parkland. ”
Specialty: NeurosurgeryView Student Spotlight
“I think diversity and inclusion is a great focus here thanks to the efforts of the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion. I am very thankful for the support of Dr. Shawna Nesbitt and her team.”
Specialty: Internal medicine-dermatology or dermatologyView Student Spotlight
Match Day Stories
A Message from the Dean
UT Southwestern is incredibly proud of our medical students and their success in the Match year after year. Thanks to the talent and hard work of our student body, along our rich clinical training experiences, commitment to excellence, and firm foundation of medical knowledge, program directors value the level of preparation our students possess as they transition into residency training.
UT Southwestern has dedicated faculty who serve as specialty advisors and support career exploration starting the first week of medical school and extend throughout with broad opportunities for shadowing, research, electives, and advanced rotations to prepare each student for the next phase of training. I am proud to work alongside our other Associate Deans for Student Affairs, Drs. Blake Barker, Melanie Sulistio, and Shawna Nesbitt to support the students through this journey of self-discovery, development of clinical acumen, and fostering their compassion and commitment to serve others. We have enormous pride knowing that each and every one will make a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of countless patients and their communities throughout the nation.
All Match Day photos and videos submitted by students were taken during private, home celebrations.