SUNY Downstate College of Medicine Students Successfully Match for Residency

By Office of Communications & Marketing | Mar 18, 2022

Nearly 70 percent of graduates will serve residency at New York state hospitals.

33 College of Medicine graduates will continue to residency at SUNY Downstate staying in the community where the need remains great  

 Brooklyn, NY (March 18, 2022) — SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University announced another successful Match Day, and the exciting news that 33 College of Medicine students are continuing their medical career paths as residents with the SUNY Downstate.

Upon completing their medical degrees, new doctors must pursue at least three years – and sometimes as many as seven or eight years – of additional training in a particular specialty. Every March, this international rite of passage for medical students celebrates the next steps in their medical careers. On Match Day, medical students worldwide open their envelopes simultaneously to learn of their residency matches in U.S. residency and fellowship training programs.

“Match Day is always an emotional time in a medical student’s journey, and we’re especially humbled when our own students choose to stay at Downstate for their residency training,” said SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University president Wayne J. Riley, M.D. “It speaks to the tremendous training acquired in our College of Medicine, and the real world experience that residency offers. Applying these skills in the same community where they were trained is an awesome gift for all.”

“Match Day marks a milestone for the graduates of SUNY Downstate,” said College of Medicine dean F. Charles Brunicardi, M.D. “The challenges faced by our students during the pandemic strengthened their empathy, compassion, and clinical acumen. They will take their tremendous Downstate education and training with them to their residencies, and will make significant contributions wherever they go.  I look forward to welcoming the graduates into our competitive residency programs, where they will make a lasting impact.”

In all, 184 College of Medicine graduates—96 percent of the graduating class—learned where they matched for their residencies next year. A total of 128 students—or almost 70 percent of the class—matched with a hospital in the State of New York.

There are 103 graduates—or 65 percent—who will remain in New York City, including 33 who will serve their residencies at SUNY Downstate. Consequently, more SUNY Downstate College of Medicine graduates practice medicine in New York City and New York State.

Match Day is marked by an on-campus ceremony with professors, mentors, family, friends, and classmates – opening their Letters of Notification from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) as a class where cheers, hugs, screams, and impromptu celebrations are the norm.

Top specialties among the Class of 2022 include Internal Medicine, 21 percent; Emergency Medicine, 15 percent; Psychiatry and Anesthesiology, nine (9) percent; and Pediatrics, seven (7) percent. In addition, the Class of 2022 will pursue residencies in 27 different specialties. Complete Match Day statistics can be seen here.

Top match institutions included SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, Einstein School of Medicine (Montefiore and Jacobi Hospitals), NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Zucker School of Medicine/Northwell, ICAHN/Mount Sinai. New York-Presbyterian/Cornell, Rutgers University, Maimonides Medical Center, SUNY Stony Brook, and New York-Presbyterian/Columbia.

Residencies at Brown, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Harbor-UCLA, Beth Israel Deaconess, and the Cleveland Clinic are among other preeminent institutional matches.

The Match Process begins in the fall during the fourth and final year of medical school, when students apply to residency programs. Throughout the fall and early winter, applicants interview with programs. From mid-January to late February, applicants and program directors rank each other to preference and submit the preference lists to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). A computerized mathematical algorithm matches applicants’ preferences with program directors for training positions available at teaching hospitals nationwide.


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About SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the borough's only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care. It is a 342-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of New York City and Brooklyn's 2.6 million residents. University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) is Downstate's teaching hospital, backed by an outstanding medical school's expertise and world-class academic center research facilities. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.

In addition to high-risk neonatal and infant services, pediatric nephrology, and dialysis (kidney diseases)—and offering the only kidney transplantation program in Brooklyn, among many other distinctive programs—Downstate also sponsors a major learning center for young children with developmental disorders and disabilities. In addition to UHB, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @sunydownstate.