Friday, March 16, 2012 - 10:00am
For four years, students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix have worked toward “Match Day” – the day they learn where they will spend the next several years as resident-physicians, the first major step in building a medical career.
Match results are released nationally at Match Day ceremonies coordinated to occur on the same date at the same time. Beginning this year, Match Day moves from the third Thursday to the third Friday in March (results are released at 1 p.m. eastern time).
Members of the Class of 2012 will receive traditional Match Day sealed envelopes, containing letters showing where they will go for their residency training, on Friday, March 16, at 10 a.m. The ceremony ends at approximately 11:30 a.m.
The UA College of Medicine’s Match Day event will be held in Tucson in DuVal Auditorium, The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., and in Phoenix at the Virginia G. Piper Auditorium on theUA College of Medicine – Phoenix campus, 600 E. Van Buren St. (This will be the second Match Day for the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix.)
Match Day is the culmination of a complex year-long process that matches the nation’s graduating medical students with residency programs. 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. 

Residency programs vary in length from three years for general medicine/family practice specialties to eight years for the most specialized of surgeons.