Today, UW School of Medicine and Public Health medical students in the class of 2021 will be matched into their clinical residency training programs across the country.

This marks the second Match Day of the COVID-19 pandemic. A year ago, medical students throughout the nation navigated abrupt changes in their education during the final weeks before graduation. But, while the class of 2020 was the first to shift from medical school to residency training during the pandemic, their medical school experience was much closer to its end when the pandemic hit.

For the class of 2021, the final year of medical school has been thoroughly shaped by the impact of COVID-19 ‒­­­­­­­­ and these soon-to-be graduates will conduct the next phase of their career in a world that has shown renewed passion for the medical profession. Inspired by the images of physicians and epidemiologists in the media ‒­­­­­­­­ such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease, and locally, Dr. Jeff Pothof, chief quality officer, UW Health and associate professor of emergency medicine ‒ medical schools across the country have witnessed a dramatic increase in applicants to medical school. The UW School of Medicine and Public Health has seen a 26% increase in medical school applications, receiving 6,400 applications for 176 spots.

What, where, when and how

  • This year’s Match Day celebration and match reveal will be virtual due to the pandemic. Students have selected a “Saturday Night Live” theme for a lighthearted event.
  • 10 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m. (Match reveals start at 11:15 a.m.)
  • Join the livestream using the password: matchday2021
  • Students will gather together online to announce their matches and to celebrate with their classmates.