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Medical students celebrate Match Day

Match day celebrants

At noon, March 15, 153 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. One hundred percent of the class was matched.

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.

“As of today, all of our 2019 graduating medical students have secured a residency training position—this 100 percent success rate is unprecedented and reflects the high quality of our graduating students and of our College of Medicine. Moreover, several of our students matched to Upstate and to some of the country’s leading academic medical centers," said Julio Licinio, MD PhD, executive dean and dean of the College of Medicine. “I am exceptionally proud of our students for their academic achievement and their passion to serve others as physicians. I am also proud of their families and friends for giving them support and encouragement, and I am very proud of our faculty and staff and all who helped our students during their years at Upstate.”

At Upstate Medical University:

  • 84 medical students (55 percent of the class) will enter the primary care specialties, including family medicine, psychiatry, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology.
  • 72 medical students (47 percent of the class) will remain in New York state.
  • 22 medical students will remain in Syracuse: 12 for full residency and three for preliminary year at Upstate University Hospital and six for full residency and one for preliminary year at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center.
  • three medical students matched in the military.

The class match rate was 100 percent.

Upstate University Hospital must also fill its own residency positions. According to Upstate’s Graduate Medical Education office, Upstate filled all of its 162 resident positions, including six residency spots in Upstate’s new Family Medicine Residency.