It's "match day" for UAB medical students as they find out their residency location and specialty.
At 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 15, 2013 UAB School of Medicine seniors find out where they will be conducting their residency training, and in what field. On Match Day, coordinated by the National Resident Matching Program more than 16,000 graduates from U.S. medical schools, along with more than 15,000 graduates from osteopathic or foreign medical schools, are competing for approximately 24,000 residency positions at U.S. hospitals. UAB will have 169 medical students participating in the match this year.
Following graduation from medical school, new physicians spend at least three years in a residency program, receiving advanced training in their chosen field. Fourth-year medical school students across the country apply to their desired residency programs through the National Resident Matching Program and receive their acceptances on Match Day, which began in 1952.
In addition to graduates of accredited U.S. medical schools, some 20,000 independent graduates will participate. Independent applicants include former graduates of U.S. medical schools, U.S. osteopathic students and graduates of foreign medical schools.
It'll be an emotion-filled morning at The Cahaba Grand Conference Center, 3660 Grandview Parkway In Birmingham.
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