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Two questions:

1. What information do we get on Match Day? Is it just the location of the program? Do we get a welcome letter or something?
2. How does the program we matched to initiate contact after match day, and when does that happen?
 

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You get the name/track of the program you matched into.

Many programs will reach out on Friday or over the weekend just to say hi. But not all.

You should feel free to contact them if you want.

They will send you all sorts of paperwork to complete.
 
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Two questions:

1. What information do we get on Match Day? Is it just the location of the program? Do we get a welcome letter or something?
2. How does the program we matched to initiate contact after match day, and when does that happen?

You get a simple letter with the result. No welcome letter, nothing else. Programs will be in touch in the coming days, but don't be alarmed (there are always a few) if they don't call you personally or get super ecstatic about your impending arrival.
 

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Two questions:

1. What information do we get on Match Day? Is it just the location of the program? Do we get a welcome letter or something?
2. How does the program we matched to initiate contact after match day, and when does that happen?
My future program director sent us all an email detailing what we'd be expected to do re: scheduling and such on the afternoon of Match Day, but for many of my classmates they didn't hear anything until the following week.
 
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I'm looking forward to all the EPIC training and VA access paperwork. :yeahright:

Haha, but happy I've got a job next year! :banana:
 
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I got a call from my program director on match day. I totally wasn't prepared for it and happened to answer the phone on the bus not knowing who it was. I had to talk in a hushed voice and couldn't really hear what they were saying. I don't know if either of us know for sure what was said during the call. Anyway, you might want to check the area code of the new place you'll be living and if you get a call from there when you're on the bus don't pick up.
 
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I got a call from my PD on match day as well, right in the middle of our celebration luncheon. Thankfully, I knew someone from the area where I matched, and she confirmed the area code of the place before I answered, so I had an idea of who was calling and could move to a quieter place.
 
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Welcome call from the PD day of match is standard. Tell em how excited you are and enjoy the day of celebration!
 
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Welcome call from the PD day of match is standard. Tell em how excited you are and enjoy the day of celebration!

Maybe in a smaller program with limited residents. Minimal chance in an IM program with > 50 including prelims! Also, our anesthesiology program does not call but does send a welcome e-mail at the end of the day (or early next week).

I remember people losing it that they didn't hear anything or (worse) didn't get a phone call the day of. Relax, if it's on the paper then you are golden.
 

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If we've matched into a categorical neurology program, would the PDs of both Neuro and IM reach out to us tomorrow?
 

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We expect you to be partying. I'm calling for fun. This should not be stressful.

This is my favorite post on SDN about PDs calling people on Match Day:
This ceremony can have a very weird dynamic to it. By the time envelopes are handed out, most of the students are pretty drunk, and then about 50% of them get exactly what they want, and then celebrate, while 25% or so get something OK but less than optimal, and still manage to celebrate and another 25% are unhappy, with a small number (maybe 5%) very visibly unhappy.

Basically, the room is filled with some people crying because they're so happy, others crying because they're so sad, and you're looking at this trying to figure out what type of cry it is, and if you should go congratulate them or leave them alone, and you're really drunk so your ability to tell the difference is compromised.........it's an emotional clusterf#@k.


After all that's sorted out, you either drink more to celebrate, or drink more to console yourself, so then you and your friends are all extremely drunk....several group hugs are performed.....you mention to them exactly how much you love them, etc....then you start making phone calls to your family and friends, maybe you're still crying..........

Personally, I was near-blackout drunk, celebrating and calling people (there were some tears of joy, but I did like a hundred pushups afterward so they didn't count)....then we all went to the casino, where I was immediately kicked out for being too drunk. Then, while trying to sober up on the curb outside the casino, my new PD called me to say congratulations, and I very eloquently responded that I was very happy with my match results, and would work very hard for next 5 years......except I was super-drunk, so really I just mumbled incomprehensible syllables into my cell phone, and I'm sure the PD immediately regretted her decision to take such a raging alcoholic.

Of course all of this is just my personal experience, and your experience can obviously be very different, especially if you're not a drinker.
 
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Update:
I got a call from the Chief resident, but I was in a crowded mall and did feel the vibration. Noticed the missed call and voice mail afterwards. Call him back, went to voicemail, left a message showing how excited I was. Went out pre-gaming then clubbing, woke up next morning with another missed call from the chief resident. :shrug:
 
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