MATCH DAY CAPTURES MEDICAL STUDENTS AT A TURNING POINT IN THEIR LIVES
VALHALLA, N.Y., March 16, 2012—At the stroke of noon today, more than 15,000 medical school seniors across the nation received simultaneous notification of where they will undergo their residency training.
At New York Medical College, 172 students were matched to residency programs such as internal medicine, emergency medicine and surgery, as well as specialty programs such as plastic surgery, neurosurgery and otolaryngology. Speaking to the assembled students shortly before noon today, Gladys M. Ayala, M.D., M.P.H., senior associate dean of student affairs, called it “a very successful match,” and a clear indication that New York Medical College is a superb medical school, educating some of the nation’s finest physicians.
The top career choices for the Class of 2012 were internal medicine (with 20.3%), pediatrics (with 14.5%), and radiology (with 12.2%). Anesthesiology and emergency medicine netted 8.1% each. More than 40% of the class chose a program in primary care—internal medicine, pediatrics, medicine/pediatrics or family medicine.
More than 40% of the class will remain in New York. Several were placed in the College’s affiliated hospitals, including Westchester Medical Center, Phelps Memorial Hospital and Lenox Hill Hospital, and at other hospitals in the area, including Mount Sinai, Columbia Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medical Center.
The Match, conducted annually by the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), uses a computer algorithm to match the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs, in order to fill the available training positions at U.S. teaching hospitals. Historically, the results serve as an indicator of career trends of new doctors.
At New York Medical College, the ritual is carried out the same way it has for more than a dozen years—in a boisterous, emotional gathering of students, sharing the moment with each other at a significant milestone in their lives, despite the fact that the information is readily available online. Please visit our website at www.nymc.edu/Medical/match/2012/index.htm to view photos from Match Day 2012.