As reported by The Hartford Courant, March 16, 2007.

A Match Made in Medical School

The 72 graduating medical students from the University of Connecticut learned where their next destination would be Thursday at the UConn Health Center in Farmington. Cynthia Roque, right, hugs Laura Kester after they learn that Roque will stay at UConn for her residency and Kester will go to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Lorraine Binns, second from left, opens her envelop with her boyfriend, Junisa Grear, to find she also will stay at UConn.

  • What Is 'Match Day'? It's a day of tension and excitement for medical students. Each year the National Residency Match Program matches thousands of medical school graduates to residency programs around the country.
  • How Are The Matches Made? A computer program is designed to match the applicants' preferences with those of the residency programs. This year, 59 percent of the students got their first choice, but 11 percent had to settle for their fifth choice, or worse.