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March Madness: Inside Match Week

For basketball fans, this month is all about the NCAA, brackets, and bragging rights. For fourth-year medical students, it’s all about the Match. Match Week begins on Monday and is sure to bring with it a mix of anticipation, excitement, and anxiety, for aspiring residents.

On Monday, applicants will find out whether they matched to one or more of the programs they applied to, but won’t know which ones.

On Tuesday, students who didn’t get into any of the programs on their list will start looking for other residencies on their own through the SOAP or Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program.

Friday is Match Day! Those who matched to residencies will find out which programs accepted them.

Whether you’re in Preclinical Sciences trying to imagine what the experience is like or you’re a fourth-year waiting to hear from your residency of choice, you’ll enjoy this episode of ad lib, the American Medical Student Association ( ’s podcast, which follows a couple applying for residencies through Match Week. Check it out:



If you’re just starting to think seriously about residency applications, this tip sheet from Dr. Karishma Patwa (AUA Class of 2016), who is currently an internal medicine resident at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York, is another great resource as well.