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Upstate Medical students get their residency assignments on Match Day

By Eric Reinhardt


Upstate Medical University on March 15 held its annual Match Day event when medical students find out where they’ll spend the first year of their residency, or training, in their chosen specialty. More than 150 of the fourth-year students in the College of Medicine participated in this year’s Match Day. (PHOTO CREDIT: Upstate Medical University website)

SYRACUSE — Upstate Medical University describes it as an “annual rite of passage” — its annual Match Day, which the medical school held on March 15. 

On that day, more than 150 fourth-year students from Upstate Medical University’s College of Medicine learned where they will spend the first year of training, or residency, in their chosen specialty.

National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) of the Association of American Medical Colleges established the event in 1952 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 class match rate was 100 percent, Upstate Medical said.

“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,” Dr. Julio Licinio, executive dean and dean of the College of Medicine, boasted in a news release. 

Residency data

Upstate Medical University provided a breakdown of the residency assignments of the 153 medical students involved. 

Of that group, 84 medical students (55 percent of the class) will enter the primary-care specialties, including family medicine, psychiatry, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology. 

In addition, 72 medical students (47 percent of the class) will remain in New York. 

Of that group, 22 medical students will remain in Syracuse, including 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, Upstate Medical added. 

At the same time, Upstate University Hospital must also fill its own residency positions. Upstate’s graduate medical education office said that Upstate filled all of its 162 resident positions, including six residency spots in Upstate’s new family-medicine residency.       

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