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[March 20, 2012]                                                  

SUNY Downstate Medical Students Have Strong Showing on National Match Day:
61 Percent of Graduates to Train in New York State; Downstate Bests National Average

The class of graduating seniors at SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s College of Medicine had a strong showing on annual Match Day, at which students learn where they will spend the next three to seven years receiving advanced medical training.

SUNY Downstate was one of five medical schools chosen by the Association of American Medical Colleges to have its event showcased through videotape, and the emotion-filled ceremony can be viewed at

Close to 99 percent of Downstate students – a total of 194 – secured a residency slot through the National Residency Match Program. The national average for U.S. medical schools was 95%.

“This is a superb result,” said Ian L. Taylor, MD, PhD, dean of Downstate’s College of Medicine. “This year was highly competitive, with more than 38,000 applicants competing for 26,772 positions. The fact that Downstate performed so strongly is a testament to the excellence of our students and to our reputation as one of the best academic medical centers in the country for clinical training."

Forty-one percent of the class matched to the primary care specialties of family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics/gynecology. The balance of students will train in specialty fields. Twenty-three matched to anesthesiology programs; 18 to emergency medicine; and 10 in diagnostic radiology programs. A number of Downstate students matched to programs that are extremely competitive, including dermatology, ophthalmology, neurosurgery, and orthopedics. Students matched to programs at Columbia, Cornell-Weill, Einstein, Mount Sinai, NYU, University of California at San Francisco, and Yale, among others.

Residents of New York State will benefit from the students trained at Downstate. Sixty-one percent of graduating medical students have committed to taking their residency in New York State, with 33 choosing programs at Downstate, and another 114 electing to train at programs in New York City or the broader metropolitan area.
“Studies have shown a strong correlation between where physicians do their residencies and where they establish practices,” said Downstate President John C. LaRosa, MD. “This is strongly in line with our history of serving New York and meeting its healthcare workforce needs. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from Downstate than from any other medical school.”


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. A 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 School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks eighth 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.