Residency Match Day 2024 Schedule

April 2, 2024
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Akhil Katakam

Third-Year Medical Student, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Reviewed: 4/2/24

Wondering when Residency Match Day 2024 is and how to prepare? Keep reading, and we’ll tell you everything you need to know!

Medical residency can be a nerve-racking process. After working hard on your premed journey and studying for years in medical school, you’re faced with a pivotal moment that will determine the rest of your career: Match Day. 

Your medical specialty is one of the most important aspects of your medical career. It can affect things like work-life balance, salary, and job satisfaction. What kind of patients you deal with, and the medical problems you see all depend on what area of medicine you specialize in.

Most people don’t realize that doctors don’t have full control over their medical specialty. Medical students are sometimes paired with a residency or fellowship that wasn’t their first choice. The good news is that there are steps you can take to minimize this. 

So, without delaying further, let’s break down the ins and outs of 2024 Match Day.

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What Is Match Day for Medical Students?

Match day is the day when medical students all over the country find out and discover what medical residency they’re paired with to complete their education. After you graduate medical school and earn your MD or DO, you’re required by law to have hands-on training before treating patients.

Students are issued an envelope that contains the information of their matched residency and hospital to train at. The day acts as a celebration, where medical students invite their friends and family to find out what medical specialty they’ll be pursuing and where.

When Is Residency Match Day in 2024?

Residency Match Day is on Friday, March 15th, 2024, at 12:00 PM EDT. Students all over the country will discover their matched medical specialty on this date and at this time. Students are issued an envelope with their matched residency that they are only able to open on this date.

2024 Match Week Schedule

Take a look at our Match Week schedule. This table will break down all the pertinent dates and deadlines you need to be aware of.

Date Event
September 15 Registration Opens
January 31 Registration Deadline
February 1 Ranking Opens
February 28 Ranking Order Deadline
March 31 Match Status Available
March 15 Match Day

Source: NRMP

So, what time is Match Day 2024? Match Day happens at 12:00 PM EDT. You’ll want to keep in mind the separate times to register and then rank your preferences. This way, you’ll have time to prepare for each. Note that more competitive specialties may be more difficult to match with. 

How to Prepare for Match Day

Preparing for Match Day is about being in the right frame of mind. It can be daunting to think so much about your medical career will be discovered at one moment in time. Here are some tips to help you prepare for match day:

  • Understand the Match Process: Before the USMLE Residency Match Day, make sure you know how the process works. Learn about the NRMP and the Electronic Residency Application Service. These platforms help with the match process. Know the timelines, deadlines, and what's needed for each step to stay organized.
  • Pick Your Specialty Wisely: Picking your medical specialty is important for your career. Explore different options, consider your interests and goals, and seek advice from mentors and practicing physicians to make an informed decision.
  • Ensure You Have a Strong Application: Your residency application is your chance to impress program directors. Make sure your application materials are top-notch and customized for each program. Highlight your clinical experiences, research, leadership, and activities related to your specialty.
  • Prepare For Interviews: Good interviewing skills are key on Match Day. Practice typical questions, work on how you communicate, and give strong answers that showcase your strengths. Do mock interviews with friends, mentors, or career advisors to get better. Research each program well and have questions ready to show your interest.

The important thing to remember is that the computer algorithms have already matched you with a residency, so there’s no need to panic or worry.

If you have any friends or family you’d like to invite to the ceremony, it’s a good idea to let them know beforehand. Surely those close to you have been supportive of your medical journey. So, having them be there to support you can make the moment more special. 

When it comes time to open your envelope and announce your residency to the audience, remember to simply let things happen naturally. If you’re worried that your matched residency isn’t the one you hoped for, there’s no need to panic. There are clear actionable steps you can take in this situation.

What If You Don’t Match? Navigating SOAP, the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program

Not matching can be a scary prospect for medical graduates. After all those years of hard work and training, an MD is much more limited in scope if you’re not able to practice medicine. To minimize the amount of students that go unmatched, American medical schools make use of SOAP (Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program).

SOAP occurs Monday to Thursday of Match Week and gives students who aren’t fully matched an opportunity to apply and interview for more residency programs. Students are then able to accept or decline each residency offer in two-hour time slots. Altogether, three or more rounds are cycled through SOAP.

2024 SOAP Schedule

This SOAP schedule will help you keep track of the dates and times you need to be aware of. Notice that there are four SOAP rounds during Match Week. 

Date Event
March 11
10:00 AM EDT
Match Status Available and SOAP Begins
March 12
08:00 AM EDT
Programs Review SOAP apps
March 14
9:00 AM EDT
SOAP Round 1
March 14
12:00 PM EDT
SOAP Round 2
March 14
3:00 PM EDT
SOAP Round 3
March 14
6:00 PM EDT
SOAP Round 4
March 14
9:00 PM EDT
SOAP Ends
March 14
12:00 PM EDT
Match Day

Source: NRMP

Remember that each round of SOAP lasts two hours. In total, SOAP will last for 12 hours from 9:00 AM EDT to 9:00 PM EDT on March 14th. The Match Day 2024 time is 12:00 PM EDT on March 14th.

FAQs

Still confused about Match Day 2024? Keep reading, and we’ll go through our most frequently asked questions!

1. How Do I Prepare for a Residency Match?

You can prepare for a residency match by familiarizing yourself with the hospital offering it and reviewing related medical school material.

2. What to Expect on Match Day?

You should expect a ceremony where most people will be announcing the results of their residency match.

3. What Day Is Match 2024?

Match Day 2024 is on March 14th at 12:00 PM EDT.

4. What Are My Chances of Matching Into Residency?

Most grads have good chances of residency. Those who don’t match can use SOAP for residency matching.

Final Thoughts

Match Day 2024 can be a stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Medical students are best off understanding what to expect so nothing catches them by surprise come Match Day. Although there will naturally be surprises and unexpected events, you’re best off letting things happen on Match Day.

If you’re worried about going unmatched, there’s no need to panic. You’ll be able to make use of SOAP in order to minimize your chances of going without a matched residency. All things considered, the vast majority of students have good chances of being paired with a residency on Match Day.

If you’re still wondering the best way to prepare and go about Match Week 2024, don’t hesitate to reach out to book a free consultation with our admissions experts. We have a team of medical school graduates who have been through the process before and are able to give some insight. That way, Match Day can be something you look forward to.

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