For med students, Match Day is a time when dreams and dread collide

Maurice Hinson, a first-year resident who I followed in the weeks leading up to Match Day last year. (Marielle Segarra/WHYY)

Maurice Hinson, a first-year resident who I followed in the weeks leading up to Match Day last year. (Marielle Segarra/WHYY)

In a several-part story for The Pulse, WHYY’s health and science show, I followed medical students who were waiting to find out where they matched into a residency program.

I spent a lot of time with the students, meeting their families and partners, learning about their lives, and even tagging along as they submitted their final ranking lists and went out drinking to celebrate.

I was in the room with them on Match Day as they opened their envelopes and found out where they’ll spend the next few years of their lives.

And I followed up with the new doctors a year later to find out if residency is everything they hoped for.

More in parts onetwo, and three of the story.