Match Day 2023 was held on Friday, March 17, at 11:00 a.m. The celebration was hosted indoors in the gym of the Bryan Williams, M.D. Student Center.
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!!!
2023 Student Spotlights
“I am most excited about connecting with patients longitudinally and building relationships. In plastic surgery, I can use my public health training to interact with historically underserved populations and more effectively advocate for my patients to get the best care possible.”
Specialty: Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryView Student Spotlight
“I look forward to pursuing my childhood passion of caring for patients and their families and furthering our understanding of the human brain and the diseases that afflict it. The clinical and research skills that I learned have provided me with the foundation to excel during residency.”
Specialty: NeurosurgeryView Student Spotlight
“I look forward to treating vulnerable populations – those with language barriers, no access to health care, and low health literacy – and to being their provider and advocate. With the nature of a dual internal medicine-pediatrics residency, I look forward to reaching the point where I’m comfortable treating any patient of any age in any setting.”
Specialty: Internal Medicine-PediatricsView Student Spotlight
“I am inspired by the tenacity of women and excited to be a part of the camaraderie it takes to deliver a baby, I look forward to becoming a physician who cares deeply, works hard, and inspires positive change. Through my interactions with patients, I hope to make an impact on population health, especially on the issue of Black maternal mortality.”
Specialty: Obstetrics and GynecologyView Student Spotlight
“I look forward to learning more about ophthalmology pathology, surgical techniques, and technological advances. I am also excited to make new friends who share my interest in ophthalmology and learn from world-renowned faculty.”
Specialty: OphthalmologyView Student Spotlight
“Losing the ability to work can have a devastating impact on our patients and their loved ones. As an orthopaedic surgeon, I will utilize operative and non-operative interventions to help patients recover from serious injuries so they can return to providing for their families and keep striving towards their goals.”
Specialty: Orthopaedic SurgeryView Student Spotlight
“As a Hispanic female, I know that representation matters, and I am eager to be a visible leader in the field of general surgery. I am excited to inspire other underrepresented groups to pursue careers in surgery and to break down barriers that have hindered diversity and inclusivity in the field.”
Ofelia Negrete Vasquez
Specialty: General SurgeryView Student Spotlight
2023 Match Day Stories
Celebrate on Social
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A Message from the Dean
Dean of Medical Students and Associate Dean for Student Affairs
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.