While medical school classes are growing, the number of residency slots isn't. And still, Yalies do well.
The Harkness ballroom erupted with cheers on March 19, as members of the Class of 2009 rushed in to learn where they had been placed for residencies during the annual ritual known as Match Day. In seconds, the mood in the room shifted from anxiety to relief, as the next chapter in students’ lives—and where they would spend the next few years—became clear.
Before the letters were handed out, Joel Green said he was hoping to match to the internal medicine residency program at Northwestern University’s McGaw Medical Center. “I feel pretty good,” he said.
Larry Lo, who had hoped to match in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, said he felt “very, very anxious. Extremely anxious. It’s tough, just because neurosurgery is such a competitive specialty, and a larger program like Hopkins only takes a few residents,” he said.