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Medical students learn their fate on Match Day

Boston University School of Medicine Class of 2016 found out their residency programs on Match Day at the school.
Boston University School of Medicine Class of 2016 found out their residency programs on Match Day at the school.(John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)

A roomful of students from Boston University’s School of Medicine broke into smiles and cheers after tearing open envelopes to learn what residency programs they will join.

Friday’s unveiling was part of a nationwide celebration called Match Day, when medical school students find out where they will head after graduation.

“The students tell me that this is the culmination of four years of work and it will dictate what they will be doing. It’s been a lot of hard work, anticipation, and excitement,” said Gina DiGravio-Wilczewski, a spokeswoman for the school. “Most people say that this is more exciting than graduation.”

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A total of 182 BU students matched with residency programs all over the country, DiGravio-Wilczewski said. Most will stay in Massachusetts or move to New York or California.

Schools and hospitals that students matched with include Stanford University, Yale University, and Boston Medical Center, DiGravio-Wilczewski said.

Depending on the program, the residencies will take from three to seven years.

About 41 percent of students will go on to primary care, DiGravio-Wilczewski said. Emergency medical services, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, and surgery are also popular, she said.

“We are so proud of our medical students here,” she said.


Mina Corpuz can be reached at mina.corpuz@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @mlcorpuz.

Because of incorrect information provided by Boston University, a previous version of this story contained an incorrect figure for the number of students who matched with residency programs.