UNE’s annual medical residency Match Day celebration set for March 15

Three female students hug after learning their residency matches
UNE boasts an exceptionally high match rate for its osteopathic medical graduates of 98.8%.

Maine's medical students will learn their residency placements on Friday, March 15, as the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM) will hold its annual Match Day celebration on the University’s Biddeford Campus on Friday, March 15.

Match Day is the date each year when participating fourth-year medical students learn where they will be completing their medical residencies, and in what specialties, following graduation. At noon exactly, students in the UNE COM Class of 2024 will open envelopes listing their matches, surrounded by their closest friends and family.

UNE’s event is part of Match Day celebrations across the nation, as students vying for slots in the National Residency Match Program find out their placements. 

Registration for the event begins at 11 a.m., with remarks starting at 11:30 a.m. in Room 283 of the Harold Alfond Forum (630 Pool St.). Students who have participated in a military match will learn their residency matches earlier, but they are encouraged to attend and celebrate.

“The journey to becoming a physician takes over a decade of hard work, commitment, and sacrifice, and Match Day celebrates that dedication,” said Jane Carreiro, D.O., vice president for Health Affairs and dean of UNE COM. “Our students, their families, and our faculty and professional staff have spent months preparing for this day as our students learn where the final leg of this journey will take them.”

An assortment of hors d’oeuvres will be provided, and a champagne toast will be offered. 

UNE boasts an exceptionally high match rate for its osteopathic medicine graduates. In 2023, 167 students — an incredible 98.8% — were matched to residencies in 15 specialties. This places UNE’s match rates far higher than the national averages for both allopathic medical schools (93.7%) and other osteopathic medical schools (91.6%).

The College of Osteopathic Medicine has been ranked in the Top 10 medical schools where graduates are most likely to match with their first-choice residency program and is ranked in the Top 20 medical schools nationwide for producing primary care residents. UNE is also ranked in the 2023 Best Medical Schools for Research by U.S. News and World Report.

More information about UNE COM’s 2024 Match Day celebration can be found on the UNE website.