Medical Students Cross Fingers For Match Day

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For many fourth-year medical students, the future arrives, sealed in an envelope, during the third week of March.

On what's known as Match Day, med students find out where they'll spend their residencies. It's a nerve-wracking wait for many that's played out on med school campuses since 1952.

NPR's Neal Conan talks with Dr. Atul Gawande of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, who also teaches at Harvard Medical School, about the drama and pressure of match day. Dr. Gawande's Match Day fell in 1995.

And retired Dr. Sherwin Nuland, who practiced as a surgeon for 30 years, remembers his Match Day, which fell 40 years earlier, in 1955.

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