Spectrum News: Medical students find out their futures on Match Day

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine recently hosted its annual Match Day event, where fourth-year medical students learn where they will spend the next three-to-seven years of their life training as residents.

In the United States, future physicians must complete residency to be licensed to practice medicine. As with last year’s event, some of the 168 fourth-year students opened their envelopes en masse at 12:15 p.m. to learn their match results. The rest anxiously waited until their names are randomly called before running onto the Kresge Auditorium stage and tearing into their envelope while everyone watches from the auditorium and on a livestream.

Spectrum News highlighted students Halimat Olaniyan and Rachel Holloway before and after they learned of their matches. 

Rachel Holloway smiles in front of a microphone with her boyfriend behind her

Rachel Holloway announces her match on the Kresge Auditorium Stage. Photo/Joe Fuqua.

“Oh man, today is the most exciting day of all of med school,” Olaniyan told Spectrum News. “You’ve worked so hard to get to this moment. For me, it’s a bigger deal than graduation.”

Olaniyan matched to Indiana University to specialize in pathology. Holloway matched to stay in Cincinnati with a residency at Cincinnati Children's.

“I’ve dreamed of this day for a while now and it’s just surreal that it’s here and that I’ve matched with such a great program,” Holloway said. “I’m so excited to be here.”

Watch the Spectrum News story.

Read more about Match Day 2023.

Featured photo at top of Halimat Olaniyan holding her Match Day poster. Photo/Joe Fuqua.

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