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The future arrives in a plain white envelope

U-M med students gather to find out where they’ll go for residency

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — In an annual ritual filled with drama, suspense and camaraderie, 161 future doctors who will graduate in May from the University of Michigan Medical School opened white envelopes today -- and found out where they will spend the next three to seven years training in their chosen medical specialties.

The annual Match Day event, held at the hour when medical students around the country find out their future, brings together the U-M graduating class, and their professors.

Some students chose to open their envelopes on stage and share their moment of surprise with the entire class. And all had a chance to announce their destination, and place a pin on a map of the U.S.

Watch a video of highlights from Match Day 2013 -- & see photos on the Medical School's Facebook Page.

The event came during the same week when the U-M Medical School was ranked 8th in the country by U.S. News & World Report. U-M also tied for second in the estimation of residency directors – senior doctors at teaching hospitals nationwide who interview and select graduating medical students to enter their programs.

Here are some highlights of this year’s match:

  • In all, 96.3 percent of graduates matched to one of the residency programs they had applied to – about 3 percentage points higher than the national average.


  • Over 40 percent of U-M’s graduates will enter primary care training, to serve the nation’s growing need for internists, pediatricians, family practitioners, obstetrician/gynecologists and dual specialists in internal medicine and pediatrics.


  • About one-third will stay in the state of Michigan for residency, including 47 who were selected from among thousands of applicants nationwide for some of the coveted slots in U-M’s own residency programs. More than 1,100 doctors-in-training across 96 specialties currently train at U-M’s hospitals and clinics.


  • 28 students this year will graduate from Michigan with both a medical degree and an advanced degree in another field from a top-ranked graduate program, such as the Medical School’s biomedical Ph.D. program, Dentistry, Public Health, Clinical Research, Business or Public Policy.


  • A few students, who have chosen specialties that offer an “early match” option, have known where they’re going since January.

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