MATCH DAY 2017 at UA College of Medicine – Tucson

EVENT: MATCH DAY 2017 at UA College of Medicine – Tucson

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Class of 2017 and medical graduates across the nation learn where they will go for residency training during National Residency Matching Program ceremonies coordinated to occur at the same time.

DATE/TIME: FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 9 A.M. (Match results announced at 10 A.M.)

LOCATION:  UA College of Medicine – Tucson
Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, DuVal Auditorium
1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

“Match Day” the day that medical students across the nation have been working toward for four years will be held Friday, March 17.

Match Day is the culmination of a complex yearlong process that matches the nation’s graduating medical students with residency programs. Match results are released nationally by the National Resident Matching Program™ (NRMP) and announced at ceremonies coordinated to occur each year on the same date (the third Friday in March) at the same time (1 p.m. Eastern time).

The UA College of Medicine – Tucson Match Day event will be held in DuVal Auditorium at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. The event will begin at 9 a.m. with speakers and a performance by “DOC-apella,” a group of medical students and faculty members who perform with no instruments other than their voices, that was started by Class of 2013 medical students Randi Heller and James Libbon.

At 10 a.m., members of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson Class of 2017 will receive the traditional Match Day sealed envelopes, containing letters showing where they will spend the next several years as resident-physicians. They’ll open their envelopes surrounded by excited family members and friends and announce where they will go for the next step in building a medical career. Residency programs vary in length from three years for general medicine/family practice specialties to eight years for the most specialized of surgeons. Most residencies will begin July 1.

About the National Resident Matching Program™

During the first half of their senior year, medical students apply for positions at residency programs, then interview with program directors, faculty and residents. In February, students submit their list of choices in order of preference – at the same time residency program directors submit their rank-ordered lists of preferred candidates – to the National Resident Matching Program™ (NRMP) headquarters in Washington, D.C. A computer matches each student to the residency program that is highest on the student’s list and that has offered a position to the applicant.

For couples participating in the NRMP, the match process is more challenging. In addition to each deciding on a specialty, they must coordinate their match lists, taking into consideration the distance between residency programs as they create and rank pairs of choices. The NRMP guarantees that both applicants will match at the highest-ranked combination in which both applicants have been accepted.

About Residency Programs at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson

The UA College of Medicine – Tucson offers a total of 63 residencies and fellowships through two graduate medical education programs: UA College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Program and University of Arizona College of Medicine at South Campus. The UA programs provide training in environments unique for their diverse patient populations and exceptional faculty-to-resident ratios, and they are crucial in attracting and training doctors who will remain in Arizona.

The UA College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Program oversees 58 residency and fellowship programs in all major specialties and subspecialties. All eligible programs have full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), which establishes exacting national standards for approval and assessment of graduate medical education programs. The UA College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Program is one of the larger GME enterprises in the country, with more than 600 residents and fellows who train at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson ’s primary teaching hospital, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, and other major participating institutions in Tucson.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine at South Campus has four ACGME-accredited residency programs – emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine and ophthalmology – and one fellowship in medical toxicology. Each program has achieved continued accreditation from the ACGME. Approximately 80 residents are participating in these programs, which focus on providing health care in rural and underserved areas of Arizona to help reduce the Arizona physician shortage and improve access to health care throughout the state. The programs are based primarily at Banner – University Medical Center South with rotations throughout the state, including the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System and multiple rural and Indian Health Service locations.

About the UA College of Medicine – Tucson

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is advancing health and wellness through state-of-the-art medical education programs, groundbreaking research, and advancements in patient care in Arizona and across the United States. Founded in 1967, the College ranks among the top medical schools in the nation for research and primary care and is leading the way in academic medicine through its partnership with Banner – University Medicine, a new division of one of the largest nonprofit health-care systems in the country. For more information: medicine.arizona.edu