At high noon on the third Friday in March, otherwise known as Match Day, the Medical Education Center lobby was filled to capacity as the School of Medicine Class of 2017 tore open their envelopes from the National Resident Matching Program and learned where they will be going for their residency training. True to tradition, the 200+ graduating doctors-to-be and their families and friends cheered, shed tears and embraced when found out where they will complete the next phase of their medical education. This year’s “Match” was a record-high with 35,969 U.S. and international medical school students and graduates vying for 31,757 positions, the most ever offered in the Match. View the Match Day photo gallery here.
“You have developed into knowledgeable, altruistic, skillful caregivers. Your dedication and commitment to our School of Medicine, no doubt contributed to our amazingly successful reaccreditation,” said Jennifer L. Koestler, M.D., senior associate dean for medical education, addressing the School of Medicine Class of 2017 at the Match Day Ceremony. “Your advocacy has helped make NYMC a better place, and one that is committed to its students and to the continued growth and development of a superior education program.”
“First and foremost, be proud of yourselves. It is your hard work, dedication, perseverance to stick through it all that has made you very successful and it will continue to make you successful in the future. We are very proud of the impressive residencies secured by our fourth-year students and wish them the very best in this next chapter of their careers as medical professionals,” said Gladys M. Ayala, M.D., M.P.H., vice chancellor of student affairs and senior associate dean for student affairs, School of Medicine. “Whether you are going to a community hospital, a university hospital, a major academic institution or one of the top NIH ranked institutions, there is no doubt you will be the best and make the NYMC School of Medicine very proud,” she told the anxious group of students who were awaiting their Match Day news.
The top career choices for the Class of 2017 were internal medicine (20%), pediatrics (12%), and emergency medicine (12%). An NYMC record-breaking 47% percent of the class chose programs in primary care—internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine or ob/gyn. The School of Medicine Class of 2017 will be pursuing their graduate medical education in 20 different specialties in 29 different states with 42 percent remaining in New York.
School of Medicine Class of 2017 Match
Internal Medicine 40
Emergency Medicine 23
Family Medicine 17
Orthopaedic Surgery 6
Physical Medicine and Rehab ilitation 6
Neurological Surgery 2
Plastic Surgery 1
Thoracic Surgery 1
From left: Cameron Moore, who matched in family medicine at Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania; Lisa Brown, who matched in obstetrics-gynecology at Lankenau Medical Center in Pennsylvania; Shauna Trinh, who matched in general surgery at Riverside University Health System in California; Bradley Tun, who matched internal medicine at Boston University Medical Center; Michael Light, who matched in emergency medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine; Andrew Agostini, who will do a preliminary year in medicine at Drexel University/Hahnemann University Hospital, followed by a neurology residency at Johns Hopkins University.