Op-Med is a collection of original articles contributed by Doximity members.
Before the mad dash towards the envelopes started…
… the medical community of twitter rallied together to get hyped for the reveal!
Brb, currently crying watching videos of med students opening their letters on #matchday— Mother of Doggos (@LOUdicris) March 2, 2018
#MatchDay2018 so far has been an incredible outpouring of support and love from other students and physicians! What did I do to deserve such an awesome support system? __ Also, #medtwitter rocks. #Match2018 #surgmatch #girlmedtwitter— Helene Nepomuceno (@Helene_Neps) March 16, 2018
Dear residency class of 2021: We don't yet know your names but we know you will have a beautiful adventure filled with growth, a lifetime of friendships, and bright futures as family medicine physicians! Can’t wait to join and support you in your journey! #Match2018 __— Mayo Clinic FMR (@MayoClinicFMR) March 12, 2018
CONGRATS to all you soon-to-be pediatricians! Welcome to the family. And welcome to the fight to defend the world's most precious resource.— AlokPatelMD (@AlokPatelMD) March 16, 2018
I may still be swimming in debt but pediatricians have more fun.#FutureFAAP #MatchDay2018 pic.twitter.com/6b03ZnpeWq
Universities across the country were excited for their MS4s, and found unique ways of expressing it, from chocolate fountains, Harry Potter themes, and Golden Tickets…
Excited to be taking charge of @LLUMedSchool's twitter tomorrow as I find out where I matched!!! #MatchDay2018 #LLUSM2018 Here's a sneak peak of the cool things us class officers have planned for our classmates, starting with personalized chocolate bars I designed! pic.twitter.com/Isv6g03i1o— Anna Yap (@annayap) March 16, 2018
to fun traditions and meaningful looks back at the medical school journey…
It’s tradition at MCOM for students to deposit $1 into a pot when their names are called during #USFMatch. The last match of the day gets the pot. #Match2018 #AAMC #NRMP #Classof2018 pic.twitter.com/KWWX5efnMo— USF Health Medicine (@USFHealthMed) March 16, 2018
Sometimes, it pays to be last. Couple Sarah Rawi and Alec Freling are the last #USFMatch of the day and are awarded the cauldron of money. Both are headed to @UConnHuskies #AAMC #NRMP #Classof2018 #Match2018 pic.twitter.com/f6nv09y9PY— USF Health Medicine (@USFHealthMed) March 16, 2018
The white envelope is for #Match2018. The brown envelope is a note the student wrote to her/himself at the start of #MedSchool. Just in case there wasn’t enough emotion already. pic.twitter.com/vrUaQGqfUO— Mark Kemball (@Mark_Kemball) March 16, 2018
I matched into general surgery! Excited to find out where on Friday.— David Cron (@dcron09) March 12, 2018
In the meantime, a shout-out to my @KentwoodPS elementary school for their spot-on prediction with this 5th grade award. #Match2018 #SurgMatch #persistence pic.twitter.com/2cgFu2WU7G
The gravity and emotion of the day began to sink in.
Family and friends came out to support and cheer for their future doctors:
3 year old Anna matched with her Mommy! 4th year @UToledo med student Grace Maltbie is a single mom relieved to be going home to Cleveland for her residency in radiology so Grandma can help with childcare. Awwwwww! #MatchDay2018 pic.twitter.com/SGKLAGjPlt— Christine Billau (@chrissybillauUT) March 16, 2018
And after all the paper had been ripped and tears shed, words of wisdom were shared.
Congratulations to all the medical students on #MatchDay. It's a rollercoaster. If you got just what you hoped for - great! If you didn't, remember there is always a silver lining! Not getting exactly what I wanted turned out to be one of the best things to ever happen to me.— Mark Lipson MD (@me_lipson) March 1, 2018
Congrats to those who matched.— Jen Chevinsky, MD (@jchevinsky) March 12, 2018
To those who didn't - you are important and this does not make you any less of a good person. Life is full of challenges, windy roads, unexpected detours. You can and you will.
Don't forget your value.#matchday2018 #match #matchweek #meded
It was one of the most indelible days of my life. Good luck new doctors! #MatchDay2018— Dr. Sanjay Gupta (@drsanjaygupta) March 16, 2018
Congratulations to all on a successful #MatchDay2018!