Match Day 2023

Morehouse School of Medicine Celebrates Fourth-Year MD Students on Match Day 2023

Ninety-eight percent of Class of 2023 Doctor of Medicine students match with residencies,
including 81 percent who received their first choice of specialty.

ATLANTA – MARCH 17, 2023 – Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) celebrated its fourth-year medical students during Match Day 2023 on Friday, March 17, as they reached a pivotal milestone in their medical education and learned where they will serve their residencies.

Match Day is an annual rite of passage across the United States. At Morehouse School of Medicine, faculty, staff, students, family members, and friends gathered to celebrate the achievements of the future doctors in a joyous, heartwarming ceremony. The event was livestreamed on MSM's YouTube channel, allowing MSM students and those who have supported them every step of the way to participate, no matter where they were located.

An astounding 98 percent of MSM's Doctor of Medicine students who participated in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) were paired with residency placements, including 81 percent who received their first or only choice of specialty. Nearly half (45 percent) of the Class of 2023 matched into what are considered primary care specialties – family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics. That number jumped to more than two-thirds (67 percent) when the core specialty disciplines of emergency medicine, general surgery, and psychiatry were added. As has been the case in recent years, a significant number (35 percent) will stay in Georgia for their residencies, including 19 percent who matched to residency programs at Morehouse School of Medicine.

The NRMP, a private, non-profit organization, was established in 1952 at the request of medical students to provide an orderly and fair mechanism for matching the preferences of applicants for U.S. residency positions with the preferences of residency program directors.

For applicants, the process begins in the fall of the final year of medical school, when they apply to the residency programs of their choice. Throughout the fall and early winter, applicants interview with programs. From mid-January to late February, applicants and program directors rank each other in order of preference and submit the preference lists to NRMP, which processes them using a computerized mathematical algorithm to match applicants with programs.

Key Results of 2023 Morehouse School of Medicine Match

Total Number of MSM Students in Match                                         88

Number of Students Who Matched                                                    86 (98%)

Students Who Matched to Their First/Only Choice of Specialty      69 (81%)

Primary Care Specialty Disciplines                                                       40 out of 88 (45%)

(Includes Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medicine-Pediatrics, OB/GYN-Preliminary, Obstetrics-Gynecology and Pediatrics)

Primary Care and Core Specialty Disciplines                                        59 out of 88 (67%)

(Includes Primary Care Specialties plus: Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, Surgery-General)

Students matched to Georgia Programs                                                31 out of 88 (35%)

Students matched to Morehouse School of Medicine Residencies:   17 (19%) 

Click here to watch the MSM Match Day 2023 Celebration, which is also available on MSM's YouTube channel.

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About Morehouse School of Medicine

Founded in 1975, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is among the nation’s leading educators of primary care physicians, biomedical scientists, and public health professionals. An independent and private historically-Black medical school, MSM was recognized by the Annals of Internal Medicine as the nation’s number one medical school in fulfilling a social mission—the creation and advancement of health equity. MSM faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research, and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care. MSM is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctoral and master’s degrees. To learn more about programs and donate today, please visit or call 404-752-1500.


Jamille Bradfield
Morehouse School of Medicine