CMU College of Medicine celebrates successful Match Day

Nearly two-thirds of graduates choose primary care residencies

| Author: Kate Worster

Central Michigan University College of Medicine fourth-year students gathered at Dow Diamond in Midland, Mich., at noon on March 18, 2022, to open envelopes containing the names of the residency programs in which they will continue their physician training for the next three to seven years.

At that exact moment, thousands of medical students around the United States and the world were opening similar envelopes or emails. The annual event is known as Match Day – and it is one of the most significant milestones in the life of a medical student.

“Match Day confirmed that residency programs across the country know the CMU College of Medicine recruits and educates fabulous students,” said Tina Thompson, senior associate dean of academic affairs at the CMU College of Medicine. “They are an amazing group of individuals—bright and dedicated, socially responsive, and eager to positively impact their patients and the communities in which they serve. We are very proud!”

A medical student hugs her parents at Match Day.
A fourth-year medical student celebrates with her family after learning where she will continue her physician training.


One hundred and five students from the College of Medicine participated in the match process this year. In fulfillment of the college’s mission to train culturally competent physicians to provide comprehensive health care and services to underserved populations in Michigan and beyond, 67 percent of CMU medical students matched to primary care residencies―internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, combined internal medicine and pediatrics, psychology, obstetrics and general surgery. CMU medical students also matched to programs including orthopedic surgery, pathology and diagnostic radiology.

Approximately half the class, 52 percent, will remain in Michigan. Four students matched with the CMU Medical Education Partners residency programs in Saginaw, and four students matched to CMU affiliated hospitals. Two students matched with the United States armed services.

A medical student celebrates at Match Day.
A CMU College of Medicine fourth-year student reacts to learning of her match.


View latest news