Match Day this year will look different than any we’ve ever seen before. While this is a time to celebrate your accomplishments, it is also a difficult time in the world. As much of the world is actively practicing social distancing to flatten the COVID-19 curve, traditional Match Day celebrations and parties are being canceled. However, there are still ways to celebrate your good news with loved ones. Here are some suggestions on how to make the most of your Match Day celebration, even during seclusion.
Group Video Chats
In a world where social distancing has become a necessary normal, many people have turned to technology to stay connected with loved ones. Take advantage of the fact that we live in the digital age by sharing your excitement with friends and family on one of the many video chat services available. Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom, Facebook Messenger, FaceTime, Instagram Live, and Houseparty all offer group video options to help us all achieve some social interaction.
Looking to celebrate? Select a time and video chat service, then send out an e-invitation to your friends, family, and cohort with all the details. While you can’t hug each other, being able to see your loved ones can make your big day special.
The American Medical Student Association has announced it is hosting a virtual Match Day Celebration on Zoom on March 20 at 11:30 AM. You bring your match results, they bring the fun! Find out more information here.
Dress For the Occasion
Many people staying at home likely have not found a reason to may find it difficult to dress in anything more than sweatpants or pajamas. During your big day, make yourself look special! Wear that dress or tie that you’ve been holding off for something special – it’s not every day that you get to celebrate your t doesn’t get any bigger than Match Day. Get your guests to dress up too! Set a dress code or choose a theme so your guests can get in on the fun and get out of their home lounging apparel.
Event Catering for One
You can’t have a celebration without good food. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced bars and restaurants to close in many cities around the country. However, takeout and delivery is still available for most eateries, and many services offer contactless delivery, where the food is left at your doorstep. Treat yourself to a very special meal or dessert, and toast to your accomplishments.
In your e-invitation, have everyone order or make the same food to make it feel like you are all in the same room enjoying the same foods.
Nothing makes a party like the perfect soundtrack. Whether you’re on a video chat with loved ones or celebrating on your own, celebratory tunes will set the mood. Create your own playlist or listen to our special Match Day party playlist on Spotify.
Netflix and Quarantine
Instead of a celebration, perhaps you prefer to keep things low key by relaxing and watching some television with your loved ones. However, social distancing doesn’t mean you have to do a movie night or have a TV watch party by yourself. You can Netflix and quarantine with a Google Chrome extension called Netflix Party, which allows you to watch the same Netflix content at the same time with your loved ones without being in the same room. There’s even a chat room feature so everyone can communicate with each other in real-time.
Long Distance Gaming
There’s more to a celebration than just being able to talk with friends and family. Continue the festivities by playing Online multiplayer video games, which can be played on a variety of systems, allowing you to mix some fun in with your virtual socializing.
Enter our Match Day Giveaway on Instagram!
Another way to celebrate your Match Day results is by entering our Match Day Giveaway on Instagram. Visit the post below for instructions on how to enter for a chance to win great prizes to aid you in your transition to your residency program. This giveaway ends on March 23, 2020.
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**GIVEAWAY ALERT** Congrats to everyone who matched into a residency program today! We’re celebrating with a Match Day giveaway. To enter, follow 👉@boardvitals, ❤️like this post, 🏷 tag a friend, and comment which specialty you matched into. Tag additional friends in the comments for extra entries.⠀ .⠀ ONE lucky winner will receive the following:⠀ ✨Casper Pillow⠀ ✨BoardVitals t-shirt⠀ ✨BoardVitals YETI rambler⠀ ✨Target Gift Card⠀ ✨6-month USMLE Step 3 Question Bank⠀ .⠀ Giveaway ends Monday, March 23, at 11:59 pm PST. Winners will be contacted by Tuesday, March 24th.⠀ .⠀ This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. Prizes will be shipped to U.S. mailing address only. Winner will be contacted via private message and announced publicly. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.⠀ .⠀ #MatchDay #MatchDay2020 #IMatched #Residency #MedicalResident #MDLife #DOLife #MedSchool #match2020 #rankorderlist #residency #medstudent #MS4 #medschoollife #medicalstudent
Share Your Match Day Results in Instagram Stories
Save the template below to your mobile device, fill in the blanks, and share it to your Instagram story. Make sure to share a blank template too so someone else can use the template for their own Instagram story.
Use Our Match Day Stickers in Your Instagram Stories
Did you know we have Match Day stickers available in Instagram Stories? Simply search ‘boardvitals’ in the GIF section to use our Match Day stickers.
While a virtual Match Day celebration may never truly make up for an in-person one, you can still make the most of this time while honoring your achievements. You deserve to celebrate your Match Day. It was a very long road to get to where you are. Congratulations to all who have matched!