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Creighton Med Students Prepare for March 17 Medical Match Day

More than 100 Creighton University Medical School students hope the luck of the Irish will be with them this St. Patrickís Day.

On Thursday, March 17, 107 soon-to-be Creighton University medical graduates and their counterparts at schools of medicine across the country will gather anxiously to learn what the next few years hold in store for them.

Itís Medical Match Day, when most of the nationís fourth-year medical students learn where they will pursue their graduate medical educations and what kind of doctors they will become. The drama unfolds around 11 a.m. CDT, when students names are randomly drawn, and they receive envelopes containing that well-guarded information.

The matches take place through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), a private, nonprofit corporation established in 1952 to provide a uniform date and time to announce placements.

In recent years, Medical Match Day at Creighton has become a family event, with a mix of students as well as studentsí spouses, children, parents and other supporters in attendance. This yearís match will be held in the ballroom of the Mike and Josie Harper Center for Student Life and Learning at Creighton.

The road leading to March 17 began last fall, when medical students began traveling around the country to be interviewed for graduate training programs. On Feb. 23, students submitted ranked lists of where they preferred to be resident doctors; program administrators also submitted ranked lists of their choices of resident candidates. In the weeks leading up to Match Day, a complicated computer algorithm sorts through thousands of choices and finally pairs each student with a single residency program.

In addition to the March 17 Match Day, an additional 12 Creighton medical students participated in other match programs earlier this year.