As Match Day concluded in March, more than 40,000 medical students across the country received their long-awaited assignments to the academic hospitals they will be attending for their residency programs. Here, they'll take the first step in their medical careers and train in the specialty of their choice for the next three (or more) years.
But matching has been a little bittersweet for these particular students, as most universities canceled their celebrations and ceremonies, or held them virtually thanks to COVID-19. It's a stark reminder to these residents that gradually getting their feet wet is unlikely in their upcoming positions. Instead, they'll learn their craft in the midst of a medical crisis.