March 20, 2023
March 17 was an exciting day for both Mayo Clinic's Alix School of Medicine and School of Graduate Medical Education. Fourth-year medical students in Arizona, Florida, and Minnesota learned where they will continue their residency training. Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education also learned who would be its incoming Mayo residents through the National Resident Matching Program.
Match Day, held on the third Friday in March, is where medical students at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine and at medical schools around the U.S. and the world learn which U.S. residency program they will train at for the next three to seven years.
Fourth-year medical students opened their envelopes at the same time, 11 a.m. CT, to discover their future specialties and residency training locations. Opening of the envelope symbolizes the beginning of their medical career.
Watch the replay of the Match Day livestream at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida, and Minnesota.
Match Day 2023 at Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
Matching at Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education also looks forward to Match Day each year, as the school is on the receiving end, learning what medical school graduates will continue their training at Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education is one of the nation's largest schools of graduate medical education, with a total enrollment of more than 1,900 physicians in training.
Students can graduate from Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine or another qualifying institution, complete their specialty and subspecialty training at Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, and continue their professional medical career as members of the Mayo Clinic staff. Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education is critically important to Mayo Clinic's future since the school has trained half of Mayo's current physicians.
Dr. Meyer's closing words for the fourth-year medical students reiterated Mayo's values to guide them as they move forward.
"As you embark on the next stage of your training, I want to remind you that you represent Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, and with that comes sharing your extraordinary medical school training with others, our Mayo Clinic Model of Care and how you have thrived through medical school during a pandemic using proven resilience and well-being techniques that will support you throughout your career," he said.
Students share what Match Day means to them
Match Day starts the next chapter of our lives. It's the height of excitement. In some ways, it feels more significant than attending commencement. I really appreciate that our deans and the medical school work closely with us to prepare for the match process. My experience has provided me with knowledge and skills that have prepared me for wherever I go.
Medical student, Mayo Clinic in Rochester
Many may argue that Match Day is the most important day in medical school. It can be extremely intimidating, given that securing a residency position is vital for our future careers, for which we have worked so hard up to this point. The unconditional support I have received from the school administration, faculty, and fellow medical students has perhaps played the largest role in my success in medical school.
Liset Falcon Rodriguez
Medical student, Mayo Clinic in Florida
Match represents the transition from being purely a learner to being an active purveyor of health. As a resident, you finally get your chance to steer the ship. The prospect is both exhilarating and terrifying. Attending Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine has been a blessing. I feel prepared to leave medical school and begin residency because my education has given me experience in many different specialties, having learned from world-class physicians.
Medical student, Mayo Clinic in Arizona
I think the real joy in it is the fact that we get to do this as a career. Once you open the envelope, you know where you're going to go to practice medicine, which is such a unique privilege. I think it's a gift to get to think about where you get to go next and start thinking about the patient population that you're going to serve.
Kristin Cardinel Nunez
Medical student, Mayo Clinic in Florida
By the numbers
There was a total of 97 matches for Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine class of 2023 across our three campuses. Our students matched all over the country – to 25 different states.
Match Day gallery
See more photos from the Match Day ceremonies across Arizona, Florida, and Minnesota.