Med Students Learn Residency Assignments on Match Day

Fourth-year medical students around the country, including 142 at Albany Medical College, learned where they will continue their medical training today. The event, called Match Day, is a career-defining moment in a medical student’s life.

Forty-three students, or 30 percent, were matched to programs in New York State. Forty-seven percent of this year’s class will pursue primary care specialties, including family medicine, internal medicine, medicine/pediatrics, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology. Eleven students will stay at Albany Medical Center to complete their residencies.

Albany Medical Center successfully filled all available residency positions in programs participating in the Match include anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, general surgery, preliminary surgery, internal medicine, preliminary medicine, medicine/pediatrics, neurology, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, pathology, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, plastic surgery, psychiatry, radiology, integrated vascular radiology and vascular surgery.

“Match Day marks the culmination of years of studying, training and research, and is one of the most exciting events in a medical student’s educational career,” said Alan Boulos, MD, ’94, interim Dean of Albany Medical College. “Our students have shown remarkable perseverance throughout the pandemic. We are confident that with their determination, ability to adapt, and the compassion they have shown one another, they will make exceptional physicians.”

After graduating from medical school, physicians enter residency programs for an additional three to seven years of training. Residency assignments begin in July.

Fourth-year medical students apply to several residency programs while residency programs rank the students they have interviewed. Students and programs are then “matched” by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).