In Record-Setting 'Match Day,' 1,100 Medical Students Don't Find Residencies

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U. of Central Florida

Will Kang embraces Judy and David Albertson, a couple from Orlando, Fla., who provided the scholarship that put him through medical school at the U. of Central Florida. They were on hand when he took part in Match Day, to determine where he would serve his residency.

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U. of Central Florida

Will Kang embraces Judy and David Albertson, a couple from Orlando, Fla., who provided the scholarship that put him through medical school at the U. of Central Florida. They were on hand when he took part in Match Day, to determine where he would serve his residency.

A record number of seniors at American medical schools tore open envelopes on Friday, hoping to learn where they'll spend the next several years training as doctors, but for more than 1,000 of them, Match Day was a crushing disappointment.

Some 1,097 of them went unmatched this year, up from 850 last year. That worries the head of the Association of American Medical Colleges, who said it demonstrated the need to lift a cap on Medicare-supported residency slots that has been in place