Med Students Discover Residency Placements During "Match Day"
ALBANY, N.Y., March 21, 2014—Albany Medical College students, faculty and staff gathered today as 138 fourth-year medical students opened their residency placement envelopes and learned where they will spend the next several years in medical training.
Albany Medical College students received placements at hospitals throughout the country including such prestigious institutions as Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Georgetown University Hospital. Thirty-four students, or 25 percent, were matched to programs in New York State. Fifty-three percent of this year’s class entered into primary care specialties, including family practice, internal medicine, medicine/pediatrics, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology.
“Match Day marks an emotional rite of passage for medical students, and is one of the most highly anticipated events in their medical educations, as it determines not only where they’re training, but also where they’ll reside for the next few years of their lives,” said Henry Pohl, M.D., vice dean for academic administration at Albany Medical College. “As faculty, we are equally excited to see our students take the next steps in their professional careers, and are tremendously proud of their accomplishments thus far.”
Thirteen students will stay at Albany Medical Center and fill residency positions in internal and preliminary medicine, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pathology, emergency medicine, otolaryngology, general surgery, orthopaedic surgery and pediatrics.
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 participating in the Match include anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, general and preliminary surgery, internal and preliminary medicine, medicine/pediatrics, neurology, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, pathology, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, plastic surgery, psychiatry and vascular surgery.
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 734-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 also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with more than 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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