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Medical students make their match

Medical students make their match
SYRACUSE, N.Y.--At noon, March 17, 149 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 as an orderly and fair way to match the preferences of applicants for U.S. residency positions with the residency program’s choice of applicants. The matching program 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.

“We are very proud of the College of Medicine Class of 2017,” said Julie R. White, PhD, dean of Student Affairs at Upstate. “They are accomplished, ambitious and focused on all the right things. Throughout their time at Upstate, the class has worked in collaboration with faculty and administration to ensure that the student experience is the very best.  In addition, this group has shared experiences that will forever connect them.  Upstate Medical University is a better place because they were here.  I will miss them!”

At Upstate Medical University:

- 63 medical students will enter the primary care specialties comprised of: internal medicine (25 students); pediatrics (22 students); medicine pediatrics (3 students); and family medicine (13 students).

- 63 students will remain in New York state;

- 23 students will remain in Syracuse: 17 as medical residents at Upstate University Hospital and 6 residents at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center.

The class match rate was 97 percent.

Upstate University Hospital must also fill its own residency positions. According to William Grant, EdD, Upstate associate dean for graduate medical education, Upstate has filled 152 of its resident positions; three positions remain open.