Match Day 2013

Meharry Students' Futures, Medical Focus Announced at Match Day 2013, Friday, March 15

Meharry Medical College fourth-year students will discover where they will start their careers as physicians at the nationwide event known as "Match Day" on Friday, March 15.

In a day filled with anticipation and emotion, students are selected at random to receive a sealed envelope that contains information about where they will be a medical resident and the medical field they will enter. Each student is in the spotlight—often surrounded by family, friends and mentors—for the moment they open the envelope and dramatically discover their future.

Historically, Meharry has exceeded the national averages for students matched to the primary care fields of internal medicine, pediatrics and family medicine. This directly addresses the current shortage of approximately 9,000 primary care doctors and the expected shortfall of more than 65,000 primary care doctors by the year 2025, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Each year, medical school students submit their top three choices for residency programs to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), a nonprofit organization that facilitates the process of matching the preferences of applicants to available U.S. residency positions. The NRMP uses computerized mathematical algorithm to align preferences of more than 30,000 students with the preferences of residency programs available at U.S. teaching hospitals.

When: Friday, March 15, 2013; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Meharry Medical College's Learning Resource Center; 1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Boulevard; Nashville, Tennessee 37208

Media: Visuals of students' emotional reactions after discovering where they will be medical residents. Interviews with Meharry students, faculty and administration will be available.

Contact: Jason Weidman, Seigenthaler Public Relations, 615-327-7999, jweidman@seigenthaler.com