SUNY Downstate matched 194 fourth-year students Friday, March 28, in Alumni Auditorium. Students accepted their match letters and sat down with friends and family, heart rates increasing, to open their letters at noon.
The ceremony is all part of the celebration, said Carlos N. Pato, MD, Dean of the College of Medicine.
“We have to celebrate when we take on a challenge, and when we achieve it,” Dr. Pato said.
At noon, Jessica Wilson discovered she would complete her three-year residency in family medicine at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. It was her first choice, close to her family in Michigan.
“I’m really happy,” she said. Fellow Downstate med students hugged, high-fived and snapped group-selfies in the noisy auditorium around her. “I’m from the Midwest, so I’m going back to my family.”
Fourth-year med students across the US were matched March 18 by the private, not-for-profit National Resident Matching Program (NRPM). The corporation was established in 1952 to provide a uniform date for student appointment to graduate medical education (GME). Students ranked their preferred institutions, and were matched objectively, accurately and fairly, according to the NRPM.
Downstate fourth-year Andre Valentin, from Queens, opened his letter Friday and learned he had matched with his “nextdoor neighbor” North Shore University in Long Island for general surgery, his first choice, too. Andre plans to earn his PhD at North Shore. His match Friday was a shining moment for both himself and his family, which struggled after the 2010 earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti.
“They’re super excited,” Andre said. “I’m the first doctor in the family.”
Downstate Match Day 2016 Statistics
SUNY Downstate Dean of Students
Students matched: 194
Matched to Downstate: 31
Matched to NYC institutions: 83
Matched to New York State institutions: 121 (61%)
Top specialties (categorical positions: 25%)
Surgical, OBGYN and emergency medicine: 14 (each)
Top geographic locations
New York: 121
New Jersey: 14
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