March 18 was another milestone for the School of Medicine Class of 2016 toward becoming physicians. It was Match Day, when NYMC fourth-year medical students joined 42,370 registered applicants in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) main residency match to learn where the next phase of their medical training will be. The lobby of the Medical Education Center was loud and boisterous as the assembled students waited anxiously, shoulder-to-shoulder with their families and friends, faculty and administration, for the appointed hour to open the sealed envelopes that held their fate. View the NYMC Match Day photo gallery, webcast and full results here.
“Match Day is a milestone for all graduating medical students, marking an important step to becoming a physician. We are very proud of the quality and breadth of the residencies that our NYMC medical students have secured,” said D. Douglas Miller, M.D., C.M., M.B.A., dean of the School of Medicine.
Gladys M. Ayala, M.D., M.P.H., vice chancellor of university student affairs and senior associate dean for student affairs, School of Medicine, recalled meeting the School of Medicine Class of 2016 for the first time four years ago. “We told you that this was going to be a long journey—a marathon. We told you it would be filled with many challenges, sweat and tears, ups and down. Along the way you triumphed, developed strong friendships and great camaraderie with your classmates. I know that you have many good memories of your journey at NYMC that you will cherish forever. Well, now you are just shy of the finish line,” she said. “There are many different measures or outcomes that define the success of a medical school. New York Medical College’s success is clearly defined by the successes of our medical students. This Match proves it.”
The Class of 2016 landed a number of prime residency slots. Their top career choices were internal medicine (19%), anesthesiology (13%), and emergency medicine (10%). More than 38% percent of the class chose programs in primary care—internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine or ob/gyn.
Derek Nickerson secured one of the 21 residency positions available in the country in the competitive field of dermatology. He will be going to University of California at Irvine Medical Center for his training.
Ely Gracia and Shilpa Vijayakumar were thrilled to learn they succeeded in the couples match, also a NRMP record-high this year. They will both go to Stony Brook Teaching Hospitals in New York for their internal medicine residencies, their number one choice. “Prior to opening my envelope, I felt both anxious and excited. I was anxious of leaving my fate up to an algorithm. However, my nerves were calmed by the excitement and realization that this was the day we had all been waiting for—medical school was almost over and we were one step closer to becoming physicians,” said Ms. Vijayakumar. “We are so excited to begin the next chapter of our lives.”
“I started to get very nervous when I saw the stacks of envelopes being carried in. When I finally got my envelope, I couldn’t stop shaking. I opened it on the spot, with my boyfriend [Jason Dellavecchia] next to me, eager to know if I’d be moving with him to Philadelphia, or if we would be farther away from each other,” shared Jessica Fujimoto. “I teared up when I saw that I had matched to my number one choice.” Ms. Fujimoto will go to Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia for her residency in emergency medicine. She also observed that because she wears a Fitbit, she noticed a huge spike in her heart rate at that time. “Post-match, I’m relieved to know where I will be going and I am incredibly excited about the future,” she said.
“For the past four years, we have been imagining the moment of opening our envelopes on Match Day. It was one the most memorable days of my life,” said Sarah Hochendoner, who couldn’t be more pleased with her match in internal medicine at Brown University Rhode Island Hospital. “It was a privilege to share Match Day with family, friends, deans and faculty who have been by our sides, supporting and guiding us every step of the way.”