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SUNY Downstate Medical Students Excel in Annual National Residency Match Day

69 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 20, at which future physicians learn where they will spend the next three to seven years receiving advanced medical training.

A total of 204 students – 99 percent of the graduating class – secured a residency slot through the National Resident Matching Program for 2015. The national average for United States medical schools was 93.9 %.

Residents of New York State will benefit from the students educated at SUNY Downstate. Sixty-nine percent of Downstate’s graduating medical students – a total of 141 graduates – have committed to pursuing their residency in New York State, with 99 students remaining in New York City and 43 students staying in Brooklyn, including 38 students who will train at Downstate.

John F. Williams, Jr., MD, EdD, MPH, FCCM, president of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, said, “We are proud of how well our graduating medical students have done on Match Day, and delighted that so many are staying in New York State and in Brooklyn, where as resident physicians they can serve the people of our City and State.”

Thirty-eight 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 students matched to anesthesiology programs; 26 to emergency medicine; nine in urology; and six in diagnostic radiology programs. Students matched to programs at Harvard, Columbia, Cornell-Weill, Einstein, Mount Sinai, NYU, Johns Hopkins, and Yale, among others.

According to the National Resident Matching Program, the 2015 Match included 41,334 total registrants, the largest number on record. The program notes that the growth in the number of U.S. medical school seniors, 651 more than last year, is due to rising medical school enrollments and the many new schools being established. More than 30,000 total positions were offered in 2015, an all-time high. Match Day was established in 1952.

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About SUNY Downstate Medical Center

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, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, 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.