It is Match day, that day when fourth year medical students learn where they will be doing their residency for the next three to ten years. Very few medical students do rotating internships anymore–a repeat of third year doing pediatrics, medicine, surgery, obstetrics, etc. There’s just too much to know. People track into a surgical internship and thence to general surgery, orthopedics, ENT, or whatnot or go into a medical internship and then off to general internal medicine or psychiatry or whatever.
From November to February students interview at places where they might like to go. In the bad old days, a student might be given an contract for that one day only–no chance to look at any other program, take it or leave it. Today, the programs and the students make rank order lists and they are matched by a computer. Kind of like computer dating, only it tells you where you’ll be working for the next several years.
Our students matched well. There were lots of sub-specialty matches. There were good pathology matches–all of whom are heading for an academic career.