MATCH DAY SHOWS MEDICAL STUDENTS AT A TURNING POINT IN THEIR LIVE
VALHALLA, N.Y., March 17, 2011—At the stroke of noon today, more than 16,000 medical school seniors across the nation received simultaneous notification of where they will undergo their residency training.
At New York Medical College, 193 students were matched to residency programs such as internal medicine, pediatrics and surgery, as well as specialty programs in radiation oncology, neurosurgery and dermatology. Speaking to the assembled students shortly before noon today, Gladys M. Ayala, M.D., M.P.H., senior associate dean of student and minority affairs, called it “a very successful match,” and a clear indication that New York Medical College is an excellent school graduating some of the finest physicians in the country.
The top career choices for the Class of 2011 were internal medicine (with 21.5%), radiology (with 11.5%) and pediatrics, emergency medicine and general surgery (with 9.0% each). More than 30% of the class chose a program in primary care—internal medicine, pediatrics, medicine/pediatrics or family practice. Three students matched in the competitive specialty of dermatology in which there were only 28 openings in the country.
Thirty-eight percent of the class will remain in New York. Several were placed in the College’s affiliated hospitals, including Westchester Medical Center, and in area hospitals such Einstein/Beth Israel and Mount Sinai Hospital.
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 a dozen years—in a boisterous, emotional gathering of students at a turning point in their lives, despite the fact that the information is readily available online.