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2019 Match Day

Match Day 2019
There were plenty of hugs and smiles at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine's Match Day celebration for the class of 2019. All 37 members matched to competitive residency programs across the country.

The soothsayer’s warning, “Beware the ides of March,” spelt doom for Julius Caesar and shook up the Roman empire, but it sealed a much different fate for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine’s class of 2019.

Continuing the streak from the five classes before them, all 37 members of the class successfully matched to a residency program to continue their education, making their Match Day theme, “Ides of Match,” celebratory instead of ominous.

[Aubrey Knight, senior dean for student affairs]: From the day they entered medical school... more than graduation match day as the day they look forward to. So since match day 2019 falls on March 15th, the Ides of March, the class decided on a Roman theme.

[Cynda Johnson, founding dean]: Class of 2019, in minutes you will find out where you will start your career as a physician and so I leave you with this pronouncement veni vici et a-match-i: I came, I saw, I matched. Thank you.


[Aubrey Knight]: You came here to see something right? So, let's let's do it!

[Music with footage of students opening their matching envelopes and hugging their loved ones]


[Brian Connor, class of 2019]: It's a very overwhelming feeling I was lucky enough to nab my number one program in Seattle so I felt this rush of happiness. I was super excited. It's very hard to put into words and then just being surrounded by your family and people who love you at the same time that's a good feeling.

[Music with footage of students hugging each other and their families]

[Andrew Barr, class of 2019]: I wanted to share it with my fiance most importantly so it was a quiet moment for me open my envelope I didn't I don't think I said anything I just looked at the word kissed her and then turned to my mom and my dad my sister told him where I was heading

  • We matched in ophthalmology at San Antonio Military Medical Center
  • Internal medicine, Pediatrics at VCU Medical Center
  • Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Oakland
  • Neurological surgery at the University of Rochester
  • University of California San Francisco, internal medicine, pediatrics
  • I'll be doing general surgery residency right here at Carilion
  • I'll be doing emergency medicine at Yale New Haven Medical Center
  • Internal medicine in the great nation of Texas at Baylor College of Medicine

[Applause and cheering with visuals of students placing pins on the map for the location they are headed for their residencies]

[Aubrey Knight]: I believe this is the most successful matchday in the history of this school. The locations that they match to were incredible their residency programs in internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, orthopedic surgery. Just about every residency that we had students match into, we had students match into the the premiere residencies that exist for that specialty.

“The match is competitive, but each year, our students have shined,” said Daniel Harrington, interim dean of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. “Their hard work over the last four years – in addition to the support they receive from our faculty, employees, and their family and friends – pays off on Match Day with successful residency placement.”

Members of the class will go into programs representing 15 specialties in 18 states and 28 different academic health centers. This class will also do their residency in two new states for VTCSOM alumni: Missouri and Rhode Island.

The most represented specialties in the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine’s class of 2019 include internal medicine, emergency medicine, and pediatrics. This class also added a new specialty: ophthalmology.

The matches for the class includes prestigious programs such as Baylor University, Brown University, Duke University, Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California San Francisco, University of Washington, and Yale University.

“This is the most successful match in Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine history,” said Aubrey Knight, senior dean for student affairs. “Students in this class opened doors for themselves and this school by matching into world-class residencies, particularly programs that are noted as the leaders in their specialty.”

Full Match Day Video

(Ceremony starts at 26:00)