WASHINGTON (March 20, 2014) -- The suspense and anticipation are almost over for 118 future doctors who will gather to open their white envelops during the annual Match Day ceremony on Friday, March 21, at 10 a.m. in Cramton Auditorium. Match Day is an annual rite of passage for U.S. medical school students and other applicants, a day when they learn where they will spend the next three to seven years training.
“As a physician, it was one of the most important days of my life,” said Howard University Interim President Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick. “Every doctor remembers their Match Day. It is filled with drama, suspense and excitement. It is a day that changes your life forever.”
This year, 44 Howard medical students chose Match specialties that provide direct primary care to communities with seven students in Family Medicine, 13 in Pediatrics and 24 in Internal Medicine. Additionally, 14 students chose Match specialties in General Surgery, 11 in Anesthesiology, four in Radiology, eight in Ob-Gyn, two in Orthopedics, five in Psychiatry, nine in Emergency Medicine as well as other specialties. During the emotion-filled ceremony, graduating medical students around the country and at the Howard University College of Medicine learn where they will begin their careers as doctors. Howard students will also be draped during the "Thirteenth Annual Long White Coat Ceremony" by the person they have chosen who has contributed significantly to their success.
WHAT: Match Day and Long White Coat Ceremony
WHEN: Friday, March 21, 2014, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
WHERE: Cramton Auditorium, 2455 6th Street Northwest, Washington, D.C.
Each year, approximately 16,000 U.S. medical school seniors compete for residency positions in the United States. The annual "Match" is conducted by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) - a computerized system that matches the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs at U.S. teaching hospitals. The NRMP is a private, not-for-profit corporation established in 1952 to provide uniform date of appointment to positions in graduate medical education throughout the United States.
2014 Match Day Student Profile: Ngozi Egu-Okoronkwo
Upon completion of her secondary education in Nigeria, Ngozi returned to San Francisco to embark upon a career in computer science. During this time, she traveled to Bermuda, Europe, and Southeast Asia. However, because of her passion to heal others and help the underserved population, she enrolled in Howard University’s College of Medicine. As a student, she balanced medical school while raising four children, all under the age of nine.
Ngozi describes her experience as a remarkable journey.
“There were times when I would return home from school late at night, expecting to sleep, but my children’s homework would be on the dinner table waiting for me. No matter how late it was, I would markup their work and leave correction notes for them, knowing that I would be gone before they awoke. Sometimes I missed critical meetings because I was the class president, or even exams because my child woke up sick. My village people call me “Agu Nwanyi”, meaning Lioness. I say it’s God’s grace through Howard. Howard University is the wind beneath my wings!”
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at www.howard.edu.