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A quieter but still nerve-wracking, exciting Match Day for the MD 2020 Class

Date: March 19th, 2020 in JABSOM News, Student Life, UH Manoa    Print or PDF

Pictured: Match Day 2019, Celina Hayashi Macadangdang, MD, flanked by her husband and mom as she discovers she matched into a Family Medicine Residency Program. Deborah Manog Dimaya photo.

Due to increasing restrictions and for safety, the on-campus Match Day ceremony has been canceled

By Deborah Manog Dimaya, Interim Communications Director

Resiliency. Thatʻs the characteristic that best describes the University of Hawaiʻi (UH) MD Class of 2020. Amid the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the MD 2020 class held several meetings with faculty and the offices of Information Technology and Communications at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) to modify Match Day to best fit with the daily changing recommendations from the CDC and Gov. David Ige.

Every year, Match Day morning at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) is usually packed with hundreds of people, with screams of joy echoing throughout the hallways. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and quickly-evolving social guidelines, the decision was made to cancel Match Day festivities this year and allow students to celebrate at home with their families during the pivotal moment where they’ll find out where they matched to. At approximately 7:00 a.m., simultaneously with other medical students across the nation, they’ll discover where they will spend the next few years of their lives training as new doctors.

“Really excited, really nervous too, tight sphincter for sure. It’s a really bittersweet time because it’s really exciting and these are all that we’ve looked forward too and wanted to experience but it’s also getting real that the next chapter is coming and that’s scary too,” said MD 2023 Candidate Kara Paul.

The next chapter is when the JABSOM MD Class of 2020 graduates in May and will begin their careers as “MD Residents,” doctors receiving specialized hands-on learning in University-affiliated hospitals under faculty supervision. Based on specialty, that training lasts three to seven years– and it occurs in 19 UH Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs at medical centers across Hawaiʻi , in addition to more than 10,000 GME programs nationwide.

However, not every medical student in America is guaranteed an MD Resident training slot– there are simply not enough positions to accommodate every U.S. MD graduate. Last year, a record-high 38,376 applicants vied for 35,185 positions. This year, the National Resident Matching Program reports more than 40,000 applications received, thus the jitters that develop as Match Day approaches.

Hear more from Kara Paul and her classmates Vladimir Bernstein, Keith Sablan and Sailesh Tummala in the video, below.

Watch “Preparing for Match Day 2020, edited by Vina Cristobal:

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