Match Day 2023 at VCU School of Medicine

Match Day is one of the most important days in a medical student’s educational experience, and sometimes in their whole life.

It is the day on which students across the country come together with their medical school classes to learn where they have matched for residency training, and to anyone who has experienced it, the energy in the room that day is nearly indescribable.

Chris Woleben, M.D., associate dean for student affairs the VCU School of Medicine, is participating this year in his 16th Match Day — one as a student in 1997 and the rest as a faculty mentor who guides students through the process.

“The week leading up to Match Day I hardly sleep,” he said. “I want to make sure our students are successful … this is a defining moment for the next few years of their life and their training.”

This year, Match Day is March 17, and the VCU School of Medicine is asking for help honoring the Class of 2023’s 187 graduates. Donors can support the school’s annual fund in support of medical student scholarships to help future students reach their own Match Days.

Two of this year’s students who will be matching are Rhea Sharma and Gianna Shipp.

“To finally be in a space together where we can celebrate each other on Match Day and with all of our families will be special,” Sharma said. “I think the last time we were able to do that was at our white coat ceremony in August 2019 when we could all be together in a big space before the pandemic.”

“I am really proud of myself and all of my classmates. It’s truly a journey that not a lot of people are fortunate to take on … maybe I will cry.”

“Stay tuned,” added Sharma. “Stay tuned.”

To honor the VCU School of Medicine Class of 2023, and help to ensure future medical students reach their own Match Days, make your gift at