2020 Match Day Celebrations Go Virtual
While the principle of Match Day remains the same, as anxious fourth-year medical students across the country hold sealed envelopes awaiting the verdict of their next medical journey, the NSU Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine class of 2020 did things a bit differently this year.
Due to social distancing precautions Match Day celebrations were canceled, leaving graduate students to host their own remote ceremonies. While it may not have the same feel, social media efforts led by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and the NSU-KPCOM Student Government Association kept everyone in the loop with their interactive Match Day social media campaign.
By using the #MatchDay2020 and #NSUMatch hashtags on their Instagram stories and posts, along with a variety of templates, images of proud students were shared holding their phones, signs, and loved ones as they stated the residency and location they will be going to. Likes and congratulations poured from classmates and students throughout the KPCOM, making the event filled with the same joyful energy—with a twist.
The KPCOM is proud of its D.O. graduates, as 231 expected spring graduates matched with residencies out of 237 for nearly a 98 percent match rate—exceeding the national average. More than 100 graduates will remain in Florida for residencies, with the rest spread out in more than 20 states and the Washington, D.C., area.