Match Day

Students from the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy will take the next step in their careers this week.

Nearly 200 medical students have worked for four years toward Match Day, when they'll learn where they'll work as resident physicians for the next several years to complete their medical training. On Friday, March 15, they'll gather and open emails to reveal their match.

On March 13, pharmaceutical students will do the same. Students from the Adams School of Dentistry set to pursue postdoctoral dental education programs have matched across the past month.

Keep scrolling to learn more about Match Day and the Carolina students preparing for it.

How does Match Day work?

During their final year of medical school, students complete applications, essays and interviews with residency programs across the country. The students then rank their top choices for residency, and residency programs do as well. The National Resident Matching Program algorithm matches students and programs based on these mutual rankings. All graduating medical students in the U.S. learn their results at the same time on March 15.

Learn more about how Match Day works and how the students’ time at Carolina prepared them for this day.

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Doctor of Pharmacy students from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy maintained the school’s No. 1 national postgraduate Year 1 residency match rate in 2024. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists ranking is for U.S. schools of pharmacy with 75 or more students registering to match.

Learn more about Eshelman’s top ranking.


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I am so thankful to have been able to train at UNC, especially given their dedication to improving the health in NC communities. The faculty have become mentors and friends, and my classmates will soon turn into trusted colleagues.

Kandis Fogleman, fourth-year School of Medicine student

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