Upstate News

March 20, 2002
Kathleen Paice 315 464-4839

SUNY Upstate Medical University students get matched with residency programs on nationwide Match Day

At noon Thursday, March 21, 149 fourth-year students from SUNY Upstate Medical University’s College of Medicine joined 14,336 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 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:

  • 46 percent (69 individuals) 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;
  • 52 percent (78 individuals) will remain in New York state;
  • 18 percent (27 individuals) will remain at Upstate, including Clinical Campus at Binghamton.

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

According to William Grant, Ed.D., associate dean for the SUNY Upstate’s graduate medical education, SUNY Upstate has filled all 78 first-year positions and all 14 of its advanced positions.

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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