Upstate News

March 14, 1999
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Health Science Center students celebrate Match Day 1999College of Medicine students find out where they will do their residency training

At noon on Thursday, March 18, 148 fourth-year students from the state University Health Science Center at Syracuse’s College of Medicine learned where they will spend their first year of training in their chosen specialty. The event is known nationally as Match Day, a day in which the Health Science Center students joined 13,707 medical school seniors from across the country in being successfully matched to this important training position.

Sixty percent of the Health Science Center’s fourth-year medical students received their first choice of placement. In total, 100 percent of the Center’s students received residency appointments.

The Health Science Center’s Office of Student Affairs reports that 55 percent of the fourth-year students will enter the primary care specialties of internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and a combined medicine/pediatrics program.

On the flip side, 74 of 78 positions at the Health Science Center were filled with residents who will begin their training in July, reports the Office of Graduate Medical Education. It is anticipated that all positions at the Health Science Center will be filled by the start of the residency training year. All surgical subspecialty residency programs were filled in an earlier match. Primary care programs in internal medicine, pediatrics and family practice were particularly successful.

According to William Grant, associate dean for graduate medical education, “One of the important indications of program quality is an ability to attract top medical students as residents. Once again, in a highly competitive environment, we have been able to fill our positions with excellent candidates.”

Nationally, there were 22,584 positions available and 10.7 percent remained unfilled.

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. A computer center in Washington, D.C.–The National Resident Matching Program– generates the matches. At the Health Science Center, the highly anticipated results were distributed by representatives from the Office of Student Affairs in the lobby of the Campus Activities Building.

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