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Match Day

March 31, 2011

Match Day is an annual event and rite of passage for fourth-year medical students across the country. As they finish medical school, graduates must undergo residency training to become board-certified to practice medicine in the United States. On Match Day, fourth-year medical students learn where they will spend the next three to seven years as doctors in training. 

A couples match means a student and his or her significant other has entered the computerized national residency matching program with their names linked to be placed at a hospital or in a city together. 

At Vanderbilt, some of this year’s 11 couples are engaged while some are already married. Scott Rodgers, M.D., associate dean for Medical Student Affairs, says this is an unprecedented number of pairings for one class.

“They are a very friendly class, very easy to work with. They have been through a lot together, including initiating our curriculum change four years ago, and clearly they remain very cohesive,” Rodgers said.

Lara Hershcovitch said by her second year of medical school it was obvious how many students had found love, including her.

“It was weird, but we all relate really well. My fiancé Charles (Phillips) and I started as good friends, but it’s one of the easiest relationships I have had because there is that understanding. We know never to ask the question, ‘Are you done with work yet?’” Lara said.

“The admissions office did a great job selecting compatible people,” Phillips said with a smile.

The couples opened their envelopes and announce their matches together on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, in Light Hall on the Vanderbilt University Medical center campus.

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