MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Melanie Yamaguchi
Warm hugs and high-fives, delighted screams and tears of joy erupted from the University of Hawaii Medical Education Building Friday as UH medical students tore open envelopes that would determine their futures.
On Match Day, a highly anticipated day for medical students, members of the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Class of 2013 discovered where they were accepted for their residency programs. Some would stay at UH while others would receive their training at medical schools on the mainland.
Students also revealed what fields of study they would specialize in. At UH, JABSOM trains more than 240 residents in 14 specialties through the Hawaii Residency Programs, Inc. Typically, more than 60 percent choose the Primary Care route, one of the highest percentages in the country, according to UH.
Match Day takes place simultaneously across the nation's time zones, once a year. Approximately 31,000 students compete for about 24,000 residency positions. The National Resident Matching Program pairs students with the programs by computer.