News Release

March 17, 2008

Contact: Kristina Goodnough, 860-679-3700

March 20 Is Match Day for Nation’s Medical Students

Waiting is over as students receive appointments to residency programs

FARMINGTON, Conn. – At exactly 12:05 p.m., Thursday, March 20, medical students at the UConn Health Center and across the country will rip open envelopes that hold the key to their futures. It’s Match Day, a rite of passage for medical students.

Each year the National Residency Match Program matches thousands of medical school graduates to residency programs. At the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 74 students in the Class of 2008 will learn where they will serve their residencies and begin the in-depth training in their chosen medical specialty.

Each year, Match Day proves to be a tense, emotional and thrilling event for the graduates, their families and UConn faculty.

Students will assemble at noon in the Patterson Auditorium, adjacent to the Academic Entrance, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Avenue to learn what lies ahead.

Note to print and television reporters and photo/video editors: Interview, photo and video opportunities are plentiful, high-spirited and emotional.

Media is invited to stay for lunch.

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