Match Day 2016

Meharry Medical College Students Match to Residency Training Programs Throughout the Country


Contact:           Janet Caldwell,, 615.500.0632


More than 10 Percent Staying in Tennessee

Nashville, Tenn. – (March 22, 2016) – On Friday, March 18, 2016, Meharry Medical College fourth-year students learned where they will spend the next phase of their medical training, during the annual Match Day as part of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).  Thirteen (13%) percent of Meharry students matched to residency training programs in Tennessee including, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of Tennessee - St. Thomas Hospital, Meharry Medical College - Metro General Hospital and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

“Meharry continues to educate and train physician leaders who are eager to return to the community to serve,” said President and CEO James E. K. Hildreth, Ph.D., M.D.  “We are proud of everyone who matched and are pleased with the number who have matched in Tennessee.”

Meharry students also successfully matched to residency training programs from coast to coast including academic health centers such as the University of Chicago, Georgetown University Hospital, University of California, San Francisco, Yale-New Haven Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital – Brown University and Emory University School of Medicine.  

One of every two students matched in the primary care fields of internal medicine, pediatrics and family medicine.  

“Meharry students are competitive nationwide because of our rigorous academics combined with our nurturing environment that allows students to grow and develop as scholars, medical professionals and servant leaders,” said School of Medicine dean Marquetta L. Faulkner, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.P., F.A.S.N.

About The Match

Each year, medical school students submit their top three choices for residency programs to the NRMP, a nonprofit organization that facilitates the process of matching the preferences of applicants to available U.S. residency positions. Meharry students joined hundreds across the country for the nationwide event known as “Match Day” when students learn where they will be medical residents.

More than 41,000 students submit applications to the NRMP to find a position at a U.S. teaching hospital where they will undertake a three- to seven-year period of specialized training. The NRMP uses a computerized mathematical algorithm, designed to produce a best result by aligning the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs in order to fill the thousands of training positions available at U.S. teaching hospitals.

About Meharry Medical College
Meharry Medical College, founded in 1876, is the nation's largest private, independent historically black academic health center dedicated to educating minority and other health professionals. True to its heritage, it is a United Methodist Church related institution. The College is particularly well known for its uniquely nurturing, highly effective educational programs; emerging preeminence in health disparities research; culturally sensitive, evidence-based health services and significant contribution to the diversity of the nation's health professions workforce. Diverse Issues in Higher Education's ranking of institutions annually lists Meharry as a leading national educator of African Americans with M.D. and D.D.S. degrees and Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical sciences. Visit to learn more.