UArizona Restructures ‘Match Day’ in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Match Day Ceremony hosted by the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has been canceled out of caution for student and employee welfare due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, graduating medical students will celebrate in small groups and pick up envelopes that detail where they will begin their careers as physicians.

TUCSON, Ariz. — Out of an abundance of caution for the welfare of students and employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional, large-scale Match Day ceremony hosted by the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson has been canceled. Instead, medical students will hold smaller, private celebrations with their friends and loved ones to celebrate their Match results.

Colleges of medicine across the nation usually host festive events for fourth-year medical students during their last semester of medical school. Known as Match Day, these events occur simultaneously on the third Friday of March for aspiring doctors to learn where they will begin their careers as physicians through residency training programs.

Kevin Moynahan, MD

All UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson medical students will be invited to pick up a sealed envelope containing their match results at 9 a.m., Friday, March 20. The envelopes will be distributed outside by the Hippocrates statue between the Sarver Heart Center and College of Pharmacy buildings east of the Cherry Avenue and Drachman Street intersection. The news media is invited to cover the pickup, but some students may opt to open their envelopes at a later time in the company of friends and family.

“This was not an easy decision to make; we fully understand that our medical students have been looking forward to Match Day for almost four years now,” says Kevin Moynahan, MD, deputy dean for education. “Match Day ceremonies around the country are being modified or canceled in light the COVID-19 outbreak. While this is a change from our usual Match Day celebrations, it does not change the fact that we are very proud of our students. This day represents the culmination of four or more years of medical school and the beginning of a new stage in their journey.”

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PLEASE NOTE: Media are invited to attend and cover this event, but Match Day is not open to the public.

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