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March brings one of
the most exciting times
of the medical school
year – Match Day, when
graduating seniors learn
where they will spend the
next three to five years in
In order to practice
medicine, M.D. gradu-
ates must complete a
residency. During the
residency years, they focus on their specialty of
choice, for example, radiology, internal medicine,
pediatrics, surgery, etc. Deciding where to do that
training is a lengthy and at times challenging process.
During their fourth year of medical school, seniors in-
terview at residency programs across the country and
then rank their choices. Residency programs do the
same after interviewing hundreds, if not thousands,
of applicants. Then a computer matches the students’
and programs’ choices, somewhat like a computer-
ized dating service. At noon on National Match Day,
M.D. students across the country learn where they
have matched. Until then, their future is unknown.
Some students learn the match via the Internet, oth-
ers in special med school celebrations like UCF’s that
are held at noon EST all across the nation.
Years ago, as a medical student, I looked forward
to my match, but it was 20 years later when I realized
how important it was to my family. At that time, my
father pulled from his wallet my hand-written rank
order list he had kept for good luck and as a memento
of this extraordinary time of our lives.
This year’s Match Day is Friday, March 18. At
noon, as our College of Medicine clock tower chimes,
each student will open a sealed envelope that an-
nounces his or her future. There will be gasps, cheers
and tears. After our students learn their residency
destination, they will come up to a U.S. map and mark
the location with a pin and announce it to the crowd.
Match is a day that showcases students’ dreams
and accomplishments. Previous classes have matched
into primary care specialties such as internal and
family medicine, obstetrics-gynecology and pediatrics.
Others have sought specialties including diagnostic ra-
diology, neurosurgery, anesthesiology and psychiatry.
Some stay in our community to train, matching
locally at UCF, Orlando Health, and Florida Hospital.
Others train across the state in programs such as the
Universities of Florida and South Florida and Jackson
Memorial. Others will enter programs across the na-
tion such as Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Georgetown,
Mayo Clinic, Vanderbilt and Emory, to name a few.
We want our students to follow their dreams be-
cause we believe that doing what they love will allow
them to make the greatest contribution to the world.
Whether our students stay in Florida or go elsewhere,
we encourage them to excel and to consider Orlando
as a final destination for their practice. Those who
find a new home elsewhere will help spread the grow-
ing national reputation of UCF’s Physician Knights.
Match Day is the culmination of many dreams for
our students, their families and our community. It sets
them on the road to their first paying job – and on the
road to becoming The Good Doctor, a UCF tradition.
Weather permitting, our Tavistock Green at noon will
be filled with students, their families, faculty and sup-
porters as they learn the next steps in their journey
The first phase of Juice Bike Share, the popular Or-
lando area biking program, opened in January with
three locations across Lake Nona. New riders can sign
up at JuiceBikeShare.com and start using bikes at
the Lake Nona Town Center, Laureate Park Village
Center and GuideWell Innovation Center locations.
Bike sharing is all about finding ways to be active
in your daily life. In one year, Orlandoans have biked
more than 23,000 miles using Juice Bike Share! Lake
Nona has plenty of round trips across the 11-square-
mile community, but here are a few fun and easy ide-
as to get some miles in.
How far can Bike Share take you?
Try these one-way trips:
Laureate Park Village Center to Lake Nona High
School – 1.7 mi
Laureate Park Village Center to Publix at Lake
Nona Plaza – 1.2 mi
Town Center to Village Walk – 2.3 mi
Town Center to Laureate Park Village Center – 1 mi
Town Center to UCF College of Medicine – 1.5 mi
Town Center to Lake Nona YMCA – 6.4 mi
GuideWell to UCF College of Medicine – 1.2 mi
GuideWell to Laureate Park Village Center – 2.5 mi
Share pictures of your trips using the hashtag
#nonabike and you could be featured in Nonahood
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NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY
Where UCF Dreams Take Flight
A Juice Bike Tour Around Lake Nona
Deborah German, M.D .
Vice President for Medical Affairs,
UCF College of Medicine
NATIONAL MATCH DAY is when M.D . students across the country learn
at noon where they have matched. This year’s Match Day is Friday, March
18. At precisely noon, the UCF College of Medicine’s clock tower will chime.
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