PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — For the first time in two years, Brown’s Warren Alpert Medical School held its Match Day celebration in person, complete with a customary Champagne toast, much to the community’s delight. The mood was festive and emotions ran high as 144 fourth-year medical students — along with classmates, faculty, staff and, best of all, friends and family — stood in Sayles Hall, waiting to learn where they would be matched for residency and spend the next few years of their lives.
Match Day is the culmination of four demanding years of classes and clinical rotations, which ends with an arduous nine-month residency application process. Students rank their top choices for residency — post-graduate training for newly minted physicians — based on program type and career aspirations, but geography plays a large role, too. Since students will spend several years in residencies, most seek programs in locations near family members and romantic partners, or in communities where they would like to stay.
“It was so exciting to learn that Match Day was finally coming back to a version it was pre-pandemic, and it is also such a nice thing that we can bring guests!” said Sachit Singal, whose visitors included his parents from New York, his partner from Connecticut, as well as his sister and brother-in-law, who live in Rhode Island.
It was especially important to Singal to bring these particular guests, since he was, “not the first, not the second, and not even the third doctor in my family,” as his parents had worked in India as physicians, and his sister and brother-in-law are also doctors.
Singal is planning to train in internal medicine and eventually specialize in cardiology – which is exactly what his sister and brother-in-law have done. In fact, they’re also Brown alums who have remained in the Providence area.