Making a Match

May 5, 2019, 11:10 AM by Shannon Porter

Annual Match Day pairs medical students with residencies

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STANDING IN LEVIN HALL’S MAIN AUDITORIUM on UTMB’s Galveston Campus, the energy is palpable. 

More than 200 School of Medicine students are surrounded by family and friends—many in person, others via FaceTime or over the phone—for Match Day 2019. 

Every year, on the third Friday in March, this national event reveals to graduating medical students where they will fulfill residency training for their chosen specialty. The UTMB students gathered with family and friends on March 15 are eager to learn the next step of their long journey toward a career in medicine. 

They each wait to be handed a white envelope with only their name on the outside. Inside the envelope: the key to their future and a milestone in their years of study, lectures, labs and clinical rotations. 

Nisha Soneji was excited to hear she matched in internal medicine at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, but she is thankful for her time at UTMB. 

“My time here at UTMB has helped me grow as a person,” Soneji said. “My education wasn’t just about grades. It was about people.” 

Troy Grantham found out he will be staying at UTMB for his psychiatry residency. 

“I’m excited about that because we have such an outstanding faculty,” Grantham said. “I have already learned so much from them.”