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Joe Picoraro, M.D. class of 2010, shares his match day news with his fiancée and friends.PHILADELPHIA – On March 17, people all over the world will take part in the international celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. But this year, for fourth year medical students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, March 17 will forever hold a whole new meaning for “luck” and “celebration.” At the stroke of noon on Thursday, 147 University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine students (75 women and 72 men) will gather in an emotion-filled ceremony to open their “residency placement” envelopes and learn where they will spend the next few years receiving their advanced medical training.

Known as “Match Day,” the annual ceremony is the culmination of a process that began in the fall through the National Residency Matching Program, which helps pair graduating medical students with the hospital or medical center of their choice. For many students, it will be a very “lucky” day when they match to their chosen residency program and they will “celebrate” the culmination of years of hard work with family and friends.

This year, three of Penn’s medical students will share their thoughts and perspectives during this exciting week of their lives – in their own written words, and on video – via a special Match Day blog and live tweets throughout the day. Family, friends, and news media can follow the excitement via the blog and by using the #PennMatch hashtag on Twitter.

Held each year on the third Thursday in March, Match Day was established in 1952, at the request of medical students, to provide a fair and impartial transition to the graduate medical education experience.


University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Dunlop Auditorium - Stemmler Hall
3450 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Across the courtyard from the Rhoads Pavilion at HUP


March 17, 2011
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.


Introduction by Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh, Executive Vice President for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Dean of the School of Medicine


Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $373 million awarded in the 2015 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.

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