|VCU School of Medicine
classmates Katie Waybill (left), Fatima Chaudhri, Sheerin Habibullah and Ellie Balakhanlou snap a celebratory selfie after learning where they will spend the next three to seven years for residency training. Each year on the third Friday of March, graduating students at all of the medical schools in the country learn where they will complete residency training for their chosen specialties. The national Match Day
event is an annual rite of passage for future physicians and always includes a costume theme to cut the inherent tension of the afternoon. This year’s theme was “Favorite Sports Team.” Of the 171 VCU students who went through the match process, more than 99 percent obtained a position in a residency training program by Friday afternoon, greatly exceeding the national average of 93.8 percent.