Medical school’s fifth Match Day a perfect match

Class of 2018 members Zakk Walterscheid and Lia Manfredi hug each other after opening up their Match Day envelopes. The class continued the medical school's 100 percent match to residency.

During this year’s Match Day, themed “March Match Madness,” members of the graduating class learned where they would be spending the next leg of their medical education as they pursue residencies in their chosen specialties. Beginning at noon, students at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine — as well as students in all 140 other allopathic medical schools across the country — opened up envelopes to see where the next chapter would unfold.

The celebration was bittersweet, though, as it was the last one for Dean Cynda Johnson who has announced she will be retiring later this year.

“Achieving our fifth straight year with a 100-percent match is an indication of the quality of the program we have here,” Johnson said. “Our students’ academic and clinical achievements not only make us extremely proud but also spread a favorable reputation about our school all across the country where they do their residencies. I’m thrilled to end my time here with another perfect match, and I know there will be many more successful Match Days in the years to come.”

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