The Internet proved no match for snail mail as scores of students gathered in Harkness Hall on Match Day, March 18, to receive the plain white envelopes that would tell them where they’d been accepted for residencies. Rather than wait until 1 p.m. and find out by logging on to a computer, students preferred to share their joys, and occasional disappointments, with their classmates at noon.
The medical school, said Cynthia Andrien, assistant dean for student affairs, has no plans to change the annual rite of passage for medical students. “I think the fun is the envelopes,” Andrien said as she prepared to deliver them to students. Accompanied by Nancy R. Angoff, M.P.H. ’81, M.D. ’90, HS ’90-93, associate dean for student affairs, Andrien wheeled a cart bearing the letters into the mailroom shortly before noon.