In a singular moment, each student feverishly opens an envelope that reveals their future — their residency program, their specialty, and their new home for the next several years or more.
Leading up to this momentous occasion, students complete three challenging but rewarding years dutifully learning both the science and art of how to care for patients, while exploring various specialties. In the fourth year, they begin to chart their own path and their vision of their future as a physician begins to take shape.
After both Residency Programs and students submit their preferences, they are “matched” together. However, these are kept secret and only revealed simultaneously across the country on that third Friday in March when all together, medical students, cherished faculty, family, and friends peer into that envelope at exactly 11 AM and CELEBRATE!!!
2022 Student Spotlights
“Women currently make up about 6.5% of practicing orthopedic surgeons in the United States, with even fewer being African American, and so I am really looking forward to adding to those numbers! I’ve been so grateful for my mentors who have always made me feel welcomed and supported. I hope to continue this legacy and pave the way for those like me who don’t fit the look of the traditional orthopedic surgeon.”
Specialty: Orthopedic SurgeryView Student Spotlight
“Pathology is a whole different world of medicine, and we barely get to scratch the surface during medical school. I can't wait to dive deeper into the mechanisms and effects of disease at the microscopic and molecular levels.”
Specialty: PathologyView Student Spotlight
“I am looking forward to training in a field that offers patients an opportunity to rebuild their lives after periods of trauma. To me, that embodies the spirit and essence of healing.”
Specialty: Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryView Student Spotlight
“I think the relationships you build when taking care of pediatric patients are truly unmatched. You get to connect with not only the child but their family as well, and you get to support them throughout their lifetime. It is an exciting privilege and one that I am greatly looking forward to.”
Specialty: PedriaticsView Student Spotlight
“I look forward to practicing medicine on the front line of health care. The emergency department is often the only way uninsured patients are seen and this can be a unique opportunity to address health disparities. I am excited to train as an emergency physician due to the unique mix of trauma, medical illnesses, and the social impact I can have on some of the most vulnerable patients.”
Specialty: Emergency MedicineView Student Spotlight
“What I am most looking forward to in training in PM&R is that I will be working with residents and health care professionals who share similar interests. I want to learn as much as I can from people whom I will work with who have many more years of experience than me.”
Specialty: Physical Medicine and RehabilitationView Student Spotlight
2022 Match Day Stories
A Message from the Dean
UT Southwestern is incredibly proud of our medical students and their success in the Match year after year. Thanks to the talent and hard work of our student body, along our rich clinical training experiences, commitment to excellence, and firm foundation of medical knowledge, program directors value the level of preparation our students possess as they transition into residency training.
UT Southwestern has dedicated faculty who serve as specialty advisors and support career exploration starting the first week of medical school and extend throughout with broad opportunities for shadowing, research, electives, and advanced rotations to prepare each student for the next phase of training. I am proud to work alongside our other Associate Deans for Student Affairs, Drs. Blake Barker, Melanie Sulistio, and Shawna Nesbitt to support the students through this journey of self-discovery, development of clinical acumen, and fostering their compassion and commitment to serve others. We have enormous pride knowing that each and every one will make a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of countless patients and their communities throughout the nation.
All Match Day photos and videos submitted by students were taken during private, home celebrations.