Match Day 2022

The next chapter

Nearly 200 Tar Heels at the UNC School Medicine took a giant step forward in their careers this week.

For four years, students at the UNC School of Medicine have worked toward “Match Day" — the day they learn where they will work as resident physicians for the next several years, honing their specialized medical skills. On Friday, they reached that milestone and received the emails that will send them onto their next chapter.

  • 190fourth-year medical students in the Class of 2022
  • 24states, plus Washington, D.C., represented in the Class of 2022
  • 93%match rate
  • 24different specialities students matched in
  • 30%of the Class of 2022 will conduct their residency in North Carolina
  • 32states, plus Washington, D.C., where students will conduct their residencies

How Match Day works

After months of application-writing and interviews, students rank their top choices of where they want to conduct their residency. Residency programs do the same. Then, the National Resident Matching Program matches students and programs based on these rankings. Since students have rated their top destinations, the Tar Heels have a sense of where they might be going, but they don’t know for sure until Match Day when they get an email with their match results. All fourth-year medical students from across the United States learn their results at the same time.


Take time to thank those who have helped you get through this incredible time, and take a moment to be proud of all the hard work and long hours you put in. You have earned this special day.

Dr. Wesley Burks, dean of the UNC School of Medicine and CEO of UNC Health

Read a story below to meet one of the matching fourth-year medical students