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March 21, 2016
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

It’s a Match! Upstate medical students find where they will spend their residencies

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— At noon today, 155 fourth-year students from Upstate Medical University’s College of Medicine joined graduating medical students from across the country in learning where they will spend their first year of training (or residency) in their chosen specialty.

This annual rite of passage, known as Match Day, was established in 1952 by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) of the Association of American Medical Colleges. The matching program provides an orderly and fair way to match the preferences of applicants for U.S. residency positions with the residency program’s choice of applicants. It also provides a common time for the announcement of the appointments, as well as an agreement for programs and applicants to honor the commitment to offer and accept an appointment if a match results.

At Upstate Medical University:

• 70 medical students will enter the primary care specialties comprised of: internal medicine (41 students); pediatrics (19 students); medicine pediatrics (2 students); and family medicine (8 students).

• 88 students will remain in New York state;

• 24 students will remain in Syracuse: 21 as medical residents at Upstate University Hospital and 3 residents at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center.

In addition to matching its students to programs throughout the country, Upstate University Hospital must also fill its own residency positions.

Upstate President Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, spoke to students just before they found out where they would match. “Where ever you go, you’re doing important work,” she said. “You will bring with you your heart, science, knowledge and dedication to your new location and make difference.”

According to William Grant, Ed.D., Upstate associate dean for graduate medical education, Upstate has filled all of its 132 resident positions offered in this match.

“We are very satisfied with the Match results and our continuing ability to attract the best of new resident applicants,” said Grant.

Since 1952, the NRMP has served as an initial indicator of the career interests of U.S. medical school graduates and other physicians who seek training in U.S. residency programs.
In the months prior to Match Day, students submit resumes and interview at hospitals. In February, both hospitals and students rank their choices for placement. The match process is conducted primarily through the Web—a computer center in Washington, D.C., the National Resident Matching Program—generates the matches.

Medical students Matt Helm and Leesha Alex matched at Herhshey Medical Center/Penn State University.  They’re calling it a “couples match” since they will be married in two weeks.

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