Med Students Learn Their Fate at Match Day
ALBANY, N.Y., March 16, 2012—Today marked an important next step in the lives of fourth- year Albany Medical College students as they opened their residency placement envelopes during Match Day and learned where they’ll spend the next several years of their lives working after medical school.
Officials at Albany Medical College were thrilled with this year’s results. “Considering the competition among medical school graduates for residency positions this year, we are extremely proud of the quality of the programs that selected our students,” said Henry Pohl, M.D., vice dean for academic administration at Albany Medical College.
Today, 142 medical students at Albany Medical College were matched to prestigious institutions including the Yale-New Haven Hospital, Stanford University Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Forty-five students, or 32 percent, were matched to programs in New York State. Just over 46 percent of this year’s class entered into primary care specialties, including family practice, internal medicine, medicine/pediatrics, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology.
Eighteen students will stay at Albany Medical Center and fill residency positions in anesthesiology, general surgery, preliminary surgery, preliminary medicine, medicine/pediatrics, pediatrics, neurosurgery, obstetrics/gynecology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, otolaryngology, internal medicine, and pathology.
The “Match Day” festivities were held in the Albany Law School gymnasium 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, pathology, 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 325 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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