National Public Radio – Matchmaker, Er, Match Week, Make Me a Doctor
Match week is the nail-biting time of year that haunts and tantalizes fourth-year medical students with dreams of residency programs.
This year's match had more applicants than any previous year because of more medical schools opening and larger graduating classes. Within the group of students who matched to a program, there were almost 800 more foreign-born, international medical school graduates than last year, and about 300 more osteopathic medical school graduates. Dr. Peter Gliatto, an associate dean and professor at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, says sorting through all the options to find the right match can be tough for students. He notes there isn't enough data on residency program rankings, nor do applicants have enough opportunities to talk to former residents at the institutions where they're applying. Learn more.