Hopes among members of the MD Class of 2014

A few days before the 2014 Match Day, MD students at the University of Hawai`i (UH) who graduate this year talk about their feelings leading up to the Match, and their expectations.

Hear from John A. Burns School of Medicine MD Candidates Kyle Shibuya, (Punahou grad) who wants to match into Emergency Medicine (and someday help bring an EM Residency Program to Hawai`i–and lead it!), Nicole Mangiboyat, who plans a career in OB-GYN (on Hawai`i Island–she’s a Hilo High grad.), Kendra Dilcher, a Haleiwa gal who wants to match in Pediatrics, Michelle N.M.L. Lee, who’s already matched into the US Air Force (salute!) program in San Antonio, Texas (the military matched in December), Thomas Jessie Aldan, who plans to train in Internal Medicine here in Hawai`i (before heading to serve in his home island of Saipan) and Kristen Teranishi, a Mililani High School graduate (there are three in this class!), who wants to match in the Psychiatry Residency Program here at the UH.

Match Day begins @0600 in Kaka’ako, and simultaneously at every medical school in the U.S. More than 17,000 medical students in the United States and 16,000 other applicants are competing for post-MD training positions where for the next three to seven years (depending on the specialty), they will work as physicians under the supervision of each residency program.

What is the MATCH?

Early in their final year of medical school, U. S. senior students  apply to the residency programs at which they would like to train. Directors of those programs review applications and invite candidates for interviews, typically in the fall and early winter. Once the interview period is over, applicants and program directors submit rank order lists to the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®). Program directors rank applicants in order of preference, and applicants compile their lists based on their preferred medical specialty and the location of the training programs.

In 2013, 40,335 applicants vied for positions, and the NRMP reported that about 94% of U. S. seniors matched to first-year positions. Students and graduates of international medical schools, osteopathic (D.O. degree) schools, and Canadian candidates also participate in the Main Residency Match.

How does the Match happen?

The Match uses a computerized mathematical algorithm  to align the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency program directors in order to fill training positions available at U.S. teaching hospitals. Research on the NRMP algorithm was a basis for awarding The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel in 2012.  The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) is a private, non-profit organization established in 1952 at the request of medical students to provide an orderly and fair mechanism for matching the preferences of applicants for U.S. residency positions with the preferences of residency program directors.

Video by Tina Shelton, Deborah Manog and Amanda Shell. The National Resident Matching Program contributed to this report.

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