Med Students Learn Residency Assignments on Match Day

Fourth-year medical students around the country, including 128 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.

Thirty-three students, or 26 percent, were matched to programs in New York State. Fifty-two percent of this year’s class will pursue primary care specialties, including family medicine, internal medicine, medicine/pediatrics, pediatrics, and obstetrics/gynecology. Eighteen students will stay at Albany Medical Center to complete their residencies.

“Match Day is a significant and exciting milestone in a medical student’s academic and personal life,” said Alan Boulos, MD, ’94, The Lynne and Mark Groban, MD ’67 Distinguished Dean of Albany Medical College. “We are tremendously proud of the dedication and resilience this group of students showed throughout the unprecedented circumstances of the pandemic. We have the utmost confidence that they will go on to become thoughtful, compassionate, and skilled physicians who are prepared for any challenge that lies ahead.”

The Albany Med Health System successfully filled all available residency positions in programs participating in the Match including 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 integrated vascular surgery.

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).