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Medical students at Upstate Medical University get residency assignments

Medical students at Upstate Medical University get residency assignments

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- At noon today, March 15, 145 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:

- 72 medical students will enter the primary care specialties comprised of: internal medicine (22 students), pediatrics (20 students), family medicine (six students), medicine (18 students) and obstetrics and gynecology (six students).

- 62 students will remain in New York state;

- 25 students will remain in Syracuse: 19 as medical residents at Upstate University Hospital and six 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.

According to William Grant, Ed.D., Upstate associate dean for graduate medical education, Upstate has filled all of its 128 resident positions offered in this match.

“We are especially pleased to have retained 19 of our own students in residency positions here,” said Grant. “The selection of Upstate by not only our own students but others around county and across the globe is a statement of the confidence and high esteem that new residents place in our educational programs and in Upstate.”

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.