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Our fourth-year medical students learned the results of the National Resident Matching Program, which pairs students with residency programs throughout the country.

The luck of the Irish – and four years of hard work and dedication – was on the side of Baylor College of Medicine medical students on Match Day, the culmination of the annual National Resident Matching Program, which pairs fourth-year medical students with residency programs throughout the nation.

Students gathered with their family, friends and peers for Match Day festivities today, St. Patrick’s Day, in the Baylor Courtyard.

At Baylor, 164 fourth-year students participated in the match. Results for the class of 2017 included:

95 of the students in today’s match are entering primary care residency programs in the fields of family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, medicine/pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology or emergency medicine. This represents 58 percent of the students participating in the match. 37 students matched with residency programs at Baylor College of Medicine; 70 matched with residency programs in Texas.

Dr. Paul Klotman, president, CEO and executive dean congratulated the students and their families and offered a reminder that Baylor students are among the best trained in the country.

“You have been really well trained at Baylor College of Medicine,” Klotman said. “You will understand this when you get to your destination for your residency training and see firsthand how well you’ve been prepared. And, it’s ok to show some Baylor swag when someone asks you where you were trained.”

Klotman also reflected on his own Match Day, when he received his second choice for residency training, which up being the best place for him.

“Wherever you match, that program wants you, and that’s where you were meant to be,” he said.

The Match Day program also included remarks from Dr. Alicia Monroe, provost and senior vice president of academic and faculty affairs at Baylor College of Medicine, who thanked the parents in attendance for their support and recognized Baylor department chairs and program directors for their dedication to the education of medical students.

Dr. Jennifer Christner, dean of the School of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, echoed Klotman by telling the students to “embrace their fate” in their Match Day letter. Dr. Joseph Kass, associate dean of student affairs, read a poem he wrote for the students, and class president Jiwen Li, who matched in medicine/pediatrics at UCLA, congratulated her peers and noted how they have been changed by their training and patient care over these past four years.

Kass and Li led a countdown to 11 a.m., when Li pulled the festive wrap off the match board where individual envelopes containing the match letter for each student were stapled. Students mobbed the board and tore into their envelopes to learn of their fate, then celebrated with loved ones.