April 25, 2021
“Match Day” is the stomach-churning moment for medical students when they learn their destiny after four years of undergraduate work and four years of medical school. After interviewing, testing, and ranking their choices for a residency program in the United States, they learn which program has also chosen them. About one fifth of the 35,194 residency positions offered by American programs on March 19, 2021 went to medical students outside the United States, and 74 of those students were new graduates of AUB’s Faculty of Medicine.
In spite of the extraordinary challenges and interruptions in the time of COVID, including changes to the certification process, Match Day at AUB was highly successful. Overall, 57 percent of international medical graduates who applied to a US residency were accepted to a program this year. At AUB, 77 percent of the applicants found a home. This included two sets of students who applied for a “couples match” so they could start their residencies near each other.
Immediately upon learning their “match,” students took to social media in jubilation. “Thrilled and honored that I couple-matched at PittGIM with my partner and best friend JZarka MD,” tweeted Jessica Atieh about her future at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “Can’t wait to be a resident and join the UPMC family!”
“I’ve been working for this email for the past 10 years, and I finally made it,” tweeted Khaled Abdul Jawad. “I am going to be a surgeon! Congratulations to all my friends and colleagues who matched today. We survived the craziest match cycle in US history.”
Faculty weighed in as well. Leila Khauli, lecturer in management, marketing, and entrepreneurship at OSB, tweeted, “The only thing that has put a smile on my face the last couple of days was reading about all our AUB medical students getting matched in top schools.”
From Albany Medical Center in New York to Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina, from University of Texas Medical School in Houston to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, 74 AUB medical graduates will be starting their professional lives in internal medicine, surgery, anesthesiology, and twenty other disciplines.
Having matched well in the “craziest match cycle in history,” they get a few months to finish their studies, gather their belongings, say goodbye, and begin to put their training to use. We wish them well.