Upstate News

March 15, 2007
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Medical students find their match

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — At noon today (March 15), 142 fourth-year students from SUNY 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 SUNY Upstate Medical University:

? 43 percent of the fourth-year medical students will enter the primary care specialties comprised of internal medicine (18 percent), pediatrics (12 percent), family practice (8 percent), and obstetrics and gynecology (5 percent);
? 80 students will remain in New York State;
? 19 first-year residents will remain in Syracuse: 13 at University Hospital and six at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center. Five students will complete their first year of residency at Wilson Hospital in Binghamton, at SUNY Upstate’s clinical campus.

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

According to Sara Jo Grethlein, M.D., associate dean for SUNY Upstate’s graduate medical education, SUNY Upstate has filled 100 of its 102 specialty and subspecialty residency positions.

“We are thrilled with the high quality of our incoming class and for filling 15 percent of our positions with our own graduates,” said Grethlein.
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.

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