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[March 31,2009]

Good News for the Class of 2009:
Nearly 200 Downstate Students Accepted for Residency Training


Envelopes torn open, followed by whoops and shouts of joy—these are the unmistakable sights and sounds of Match Day, when graduating medical students across the country find out where they will do their residency training. The excitement was high at SUNY Downstate on March 19, when fourth-year students gathered in Alumni Auditorium to find out where they had matched.

“Our graduates again did very well,” announced Lorraine Terracina, PhD, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. Of the 191 students who applied for residency programs at U.S. teaching hospitals, 47 (25 percent) chose internal medicine, while anesthesiology and emergency medicine were also popular choices.

Ilana Harwayne-Gidansky is one of 16 students who chose pediatrics. Holding her infant son with one hand and her letter of acceptance with the other, she seemed enormously happy—and relieved. She had matched to Mount Sinai Medical Center, one of her top choices. Thirty-three students will be returning to Downstate for their graduate medical education.

Each year the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) tries to match the preferences of graduating medical students with available residency positions, but there are always more applicants than openings. According to the NRMP, the 2009 Match was the largest ever, with close to 30,000 applicants vying for 22,427 first-year residency positions.


SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a Graduate Public Health Program, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks ninth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.