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[March 22, 2016]

SUNY Downstate Medical Students Excel in 2016 National Residency Match

62 Percent of Graduates to Train in New York State; Downstate Surpasses National Average


Brooklyn, NY – Fourth-year students at SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s College of Medicine had a strong showing on Match Day on March 18, the annual event at which future physicians learn where they will spend the next three to seven years receiving advanced medical training.

A total of 194 SUNY Downstate students – 97 percent of the graduating class – secured a residency slot through the National Resident Matching Program for 2016. The national average for United States medical schools was 93.8 %.

Residents of New York State will benefit from the students educated at SUNY Downstate. Sixty-two percent of Downstate’s graduating medical students – a total of 121 graduates – have committed to pursuing their residency in New York State, with 83 students remaining in New York City.  Thirty-one students will be staying in Brooklyn, all of whom will train at Downstate.

John F. Williams, Jr., MD, EdD, MPH, FCCM, president of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, said, “I am very proud of how successful our graduating medical students were on Match Day. The large number of them staying in Brooklyn and elsewhere in New York State reflects SUNY Downstate’s strong commitment to serving the people of New York.”

Forty-seven 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-one students matched to anesthesiology programs; 17 to surgery; 14 to emergency medicine; and five in urology. Students matched to programs at Yale, Columbia, Weill-Cornell, Einstein, Mount Sinai, and NYU, among others.

According to the National Resident Matching Program, the 2016 Match included 42,370 total registrants, the largest number on record, with 30,750 positions being offered. Match Day was established in 1952.

Please visit SUNY Downstate Match Day 2016 at: .


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 a multifaceted biotechnology initiative including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively.

SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth 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. For more information, visit