Virtual Match Day to Keep Tradition Going for College of Medicine Students

Match Day is on – virtually!

This beloved rite of passage marks the moment when fourth-year students across the country, including at NEOMED, learn where they will spend their residency years. Although the usual gathering on campus with family and friends isn’t possible this year, due to COVID-19 state-mandated restrictions on large groups, NEOMED has devised a plan to keep this annual celebration alive for our fourth-year College of Medicine students on Friday, March 20.

Here’s how it will work

Friday, March 20, fourth-year College of Medicine students (and those students only) will log into Zoom. All others (family members, loved ones, faculty, staff) will have the opportunity to view using a live stream link. In keeping with tradition, the College of Medicine leadership will deliver remarks; students and guests will be invited to donate to the traditional 50/50 drawing via the @NEOMED-Foundation Venmo account; and student names will be pulled from the drum, one by one.

Virtual Match Program

11:30 a.m. Students log into Zoom. Guests join via the live stream link. Remarks by COM leaders and NEOMED Student Council (NSC) class representatives. NSC students will deliver personal remarks and introduce their class speaker, the Gonfalonian and Commencement hooders.

11:58 a.m. The official celebration will begin with a countdown to noon by College of Medicine leaders. Students will receive their official Match results by email promptly at noon.

Noon -12:15 p.m. Students will open their email and share results with their loved ones. During this time guests will enjoy a slide montage of fourth-year student photos. Students will also be encouraged to post reaction photos and videos to Instagram by mentioning and tagging @neomedcom and  #NEOMEDMatch.

12:15 p.m. The first student name will be pulled from the drum. The student will announce their match results and the process will continue until all cards are pulled. The last student whose name is pulled will receive half of the collection proceeds. The other half will be given to the Mercy Health Foundation  Dinah Fedyna Family Medicine Award.

1:30 p.m. Closing remarks and adjournment.

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