Fort Worth Medical Students Match at Top Medical Residency Programs Around the Nation

The Class of 2024 Medical Students at Anne Burnett Marion School of Medicine at Texas Christian University Land Residency at Top Programs Such as Mayo Clinic, UCLA Health, and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

By Prescotte Stokes III

Photo Credit: Burnett School of Medicine | Glen Ellman

FORT WORTH – The Class of 2024 at the Anne Burnett Marion School of Medicine at Texas Christian University matched into top medical residency programs across the United States. These future physicians will begin the next phase of their medical education as resident physicians at prestigious health care systems such as The Mayo Clinic, UCLA Health, Duke University Medical Center, and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

They learned where they will spend the next four to seven years of their medical careers during a Match Day event held at the Cowtown Coliseum in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards on Friday, March 15.

“When these students walked into our school four years ago, they walked into the health care profession during the uncertainty of the pandemic each with a passion to help others despite that uncertainty,” Stuart D. Flynn, M.D., the Founding Dean of Burnett School of Medicine at TCU said. “This moment is the culmination of four years of hard work and dedication. These are future physicians that will make all of us proud. They will continue to learn about their patients, their illnesses, and themselves.”


This year’s Match included 44,853 applicants who certified a rank order list (“active applicants”) and 41,503 certified positions in 6,395 residency training programs, according to NMRP.

There continues to be more medical school graduates than residency slots making the process extremely competitive.

Sophia Wix, MS-4 at Burnett School of Medicine, landed a highly competitive residency in dermatology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

“I’m just so grateful that I did match,” Wix said. “The field just lends itself to someone who loves research and wants to contribute to the cutting edge of the field.”


Burnett School of Medicine students will be entering 25 residency programs in Texas, including 9 in North Texas. The most popular specialty was Emergency Medicine with 10 students going into that field. Rounding out the top 10 most popular specialties were: General Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Family Medicine, Anesthesiology, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, and Psychiatry.


Sam Sayed, MS-4 at Burnett School of Medicine, matched into emergency medicine at The Mayo Clinic – Rochester, Minnesota one of the most prestigious residency programs in the country.

“Coming from where I come from it’s hard to really even dream about this in a tangible way,” Sayed said. “I feel like I’m going to get pinched one day.”

The Burnett School of Medicine put a unique touch on the long-standing Match Day celebration at the Cowtown Coliseum. A trick roper on horseback provided a show before students entered the arena area to find out their matches. Rodeo athletes on horseback handed out the envelopes containing their residency match. Family and friends of the students along with faculty and staff from the medical school, were able to join the students in the arena to celebrate their match. The students were also given commemorative belt buckles as a keepsake.

“Medical school and the process to get here to Match Day is a roller coaster,” said Yolanda Becker, M.D., Director of Career and Professional Development at Burnett School of Medicine.

“After years of preparation they are about to embark on their life’s work,” Dr. Becker said. “This is one of the most exciting times of their lives when they will move on to the next phase of their journey and continue to learn and teach.”

Each year, fourth-year medical students across the country find out where they will begin their careers as doctors within the specialty of their choice at the same time. The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) releases results to applicants seeking residency and fellowship training positions in the United States at 11 a.m. CST on the third Friday of March each year.

The NRMP conducts the match using a computerized mathematical algorithm to align the preferences of applicants with the preferences of U.S. residency programs seeking new trainees. Residency training for most graduates will begin in June or July.

The Burnett School of Medicine has been working with hospitals systems in North Texas to grow and expand graduate medical education (GME) slots. In 2020, we announced a partnership with Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center Fort Worth for a resident training program that will eventually train more than 150 physicians annually. In 2021, the school announced an expanded affiliation with Texas Health Resources that includes support of GME programs at hospitals in Fort Worth, Hurst-Euless-Bedford and Denton with nearly 50 new slots. That annual number is expected to increase to more than 110 by July.

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