When the clock struck noon on Friday, 175 medical students in New Brunswick and Camden learned where their careers would go next.
Match Day is an annual observance in which fourth-year students at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) campuses throughout the state are handed the envelopes containing the names of the medical centers where they have been "matched" for their first jobs as physicians, according to a press release from UMDNJ.
A total of 462 UMDNJ students across four campuses matched into institutions including Stanford University, Harvard University, Columbia University and Duke University. 133 of those students have been matched into residency programs in New Jersey, 97 of which were matched into UMDNJ programs, the release said.
At Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, students in the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School waited to hear of their futures, some of them literally vibrating with excitement.
The day was bittersweet, said Dr. Peter Ameta, Dean of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, as the class of 2013 is the final class to graduate from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School before the school becomes part of Rutgers University and school's Camden campus becomes part of Rowan University.
The match rate for the class of 2013 was 98 percent, more than five points higher than the national average, Amenta said.