The transition of medical student to resident physician represents the student becoming the teacher -- a teacher that will continue to evolve over time. Residents teach medical students, yet residents are taught by their attending physicians. In many ways, Match Day is a milestone marking the beginning of that incremental learning process. The word "doctor" derives from the Latin word “docere” meaning "to teach" as doctors should be teaching their patients good health in their practice of medicine. Likewise, it is an inherent responsibility of all physicians to pass on their knowledge and skills for the betterment of the next generation of doctors. The residency match is a foundational milestone and special rite of passage where the medical student transitions to becoming a lifelong teacher in the field of medicine.
Pendlebury, Gehan A.
"A New Christmas Eve: Match Day Eve,"
be Still: Vol. 7, Article 25.
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