Med Students Learn Residency Placements During Emotional "Match Day"
ALBANY, N.Y., March 15, 2013—Albany Medical College students, faculty and staff gathered as fourth-year medical students opened their residency placement envelopes and learned where they will spend the next several years in medical training.
Today, 136 medical students at Albany Medical College received placements at hospitals throughout the country including such prestigious institutions including Stanford University Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center, and UC Davis Medical Center. Thirty-eight students, or 28 percent, were matched to programs in New York State. Fifty-five percent of this year’s class entered into primary care specialties, including family practice, internal medicine, medicine/pediatrics, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology.
“Match Day” is one of the most significant events in a medical student’s academic life, said Henry Pohl, M.D., vice dean for academic administration at Albany Medical College.
“This day is the culmination of many years of hard work,” said Dr. Pohl. “As exciting as this is for students, it is equally rewarding to us as faculty. We are proud of our students’ achievements and wish them all the best in the next phase of their journeys to become physicians.”
Fifteen students will stay at Albany Medical Center and fill residency positions in general surgery, emergency medicine, preliminary surgery, family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, internal medicine, orthopedic surgery, preliminary medicine, diagnostic radiology, urology, and ophthalmology.
The “Match Day” festivities were held in the gymnasium of the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to accommodate the size of the crowd.
Following medical school, physicians enter residency programs for an additional three to seven years of training. A resident is a physician who has graduated from medical school and is undergoing specialized training in a medical specialty. Residency assignments begin in July.
Fourth-year medical students apply to several residency programs in a specific specialty while residency programs rank the students they have interviewed. Students and programs are then “matched” by computer by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Medical students across the country today participated in similar “Match Day” ceremonies.
Albany Med’s residency programs in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, medicine/pediatrics, neurosurgery, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, plastic surgery, preliminary surgery, preliminary medicine, psychiatry, neurology, otolaryngology and radiology all participate in the NRMP.
Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and which also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with nearly 400 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.
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