To the wise men and women who are currently enduring, oops, enjoying an EM residency : 1) How do you find out where you match? Does it differ by school? I'm hoping I get an email or something from the NRMP the morning of the match and the "go to your school to get an envelope from your advisor in front of everyone" is a ritual of the past 2) that said, for those who graduated recently, how important was match day ? graduation day ? to put this question in context, I'm at a school where most of my close friends (except 1-2) are graduating in 5-6 years (Stanford) and are not matching this year (I am). I'm also free in March-April, so i'm planning on a trip through Spain, Morocco and Turkey. It will cost me some $$$ to come to san fran from spain and then head back. I haven't made up my mind, but I am inclined at this point to not come back for match day, and just show up for graduation in June and connect with my friends post-match over the phone. the reason i'm posting is to get an answer to question 1).. as well as to know what considerations i'm missing, i.e. would some of you advise that match day is not to be missed for friends, family, advisors, inebriation, etc. ? and 2) how different is it from graduation? these are hard questions to answer for anyone else, so i'm not looking for an answer, just thoughts to consider. Thanks in advance !