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Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay holds Match Day online

Posted at 6:42 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-21 00:28:45-04

DE PERE, Wis. (NBC 26) -- For medical students, Match Day is a very important and anticipated day, finding out the future of their medical careers. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay came up with a different way to celebrate Match Day without an in-person ceremony.

Match Day is when students find out where they have been placed for their residency training. According to the college, "Match day occurs through a nationally administered computerized system that delivers the results of matches made between medical students and residency training programs across the country."

Dr. Matthew Hunsaker, the campus dean of the Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay said normally Match Day is a big celebration with cheering, excitement, and an auditorium filled with people, but with quarantines and other restrictions, they made the decision not to hold a ceremony this year. He said while it was a difficult decision to make, it was the right one for the community and students.

The students were still able to celebrate, though, through a live-stream. Collin Hess, one of the students, said all the students graduating this year were on the live-stream and announced where they were going.

"We all just kind of went around and said where we're going and we were able to express congratulations and everything," added Hess. He was excited to announce he will be going to Fox Valley for family medicine.

He said although Match Day was a little different than he was expecting, it was still a very special day.

To see the video of all the announcements, click here.