Upstate News

March 15, 2000
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Upstate Medical University celebrates Match Day 2000

At noon on Thursday, March 16, 150 fourth-year students from SUNY Upstate Medical University’s College of Medicine joined 33,528 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 is known as Match Day, established in 1952 by the National Resident Matching Program 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 residency program choices 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:
100 percent of Upstate Medical University’s fourth-year medical students received residency appointments; of the 100 percent: 54 percent received their first choice of placement; 55 percent of the fourth-year medical students will enter the primary care specialties of internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology and a combined medicine/pediatrics program; 75 of the students will remain in New York State; 75 were matched out of New York State; 18 students will remain in Syracuse; 10 were matched to SUNY Upstate Medical University’s residency programs.

In addition to matching its students to programs throughout the country, Upstate Medical University must also fill its own residency positions within its more than 25 specialty areas.

According to William Grant, Ed.D., associate dean for the University’s graduate medical education, all 119 of its residency positions have been filled; of the 119 residency positions available at Upstate Medical University: 75 of the new first year residency slots were filled through the National Residency Matching Program; 42 residency positions were filled prior to the Match Program; included within the 119 positions, 20 new residents will participate in Upstate Medical University’s affiliated programs with St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center and Crouse Hospital (11 family practice residents and four residents in the transitional program will train at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center; five new family practice residents will train at Crouse Hospital).

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.

At Upstate Medical University, the highly anticipated results were distributed by representatives from the Office of Student Affairs in the lobby of the University’s Campus Activities Building.

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