ALBANY, N.Y., March 17, 2005 – One hundred percent of the graduating medical students at Albany Medical College learned today that they were successfully “matched” to residency positions throughout the country. During “National Match Day,” Albany Medical College students were matched to such prestigious institutions as Johns Hopkins, Yale-New Haven University, the Cleveland Clinic and Duke University Medical Center, to name a few.
“The class of 2005 continues the Albany Medical College’s tradition of matching its students to some of the top institutions across the country,” said Henry Pohl, M.D., vice dean for academic administration. “Each year, our match results recognize the quality of our students and the education they receive at the Medical College.”
At noon today, fourth-year medical students from across the country, including 122 fourth-year medical students at Albany Medical College, learned where they would perform their advanced medical training. The Albany Medical College students gathered in the Albany Law School gymnasium and excitedly opened the envelopes that contained the news they were waiting for – the name of the institution where they will receive their advanced training after receiving their medical degree from the College this May. Residency assignments begin in July. The ceremony was held at the Law School gym to accommodate the large number of students and family members who attend.
Fourth-year medical students apply to several residency programs in a specific specialty while residency programs rank the students they have interviewed. The students
are then “matched” by computer by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). A resident is a physician who has graduated from medical school and is undergoing specialized training in a medical specialty.
During this year’s match, Albany Medical Center Hospital filled 98 percent of its available first-year residency positions. Albany Med’s residency programs in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family practice, general surgery, internal medicine, medicine/pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedic surgery, pathology, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, plastic surgery, preliminary surgery, psychiatry and radiology all participate in the NRMP.
Except for graduation day, Match Day is the biggest event in a medical student’s academic life.
Fourteen students from this year’s class will perform their residencies at Albany Medical Center Hospital, while 29 students total were matched to programs in New York State. Nearly half of this year’s class - 48 percent - is entering into primary care specialties, including family practice, internal medicine, medicine/pediatrics, pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology.
The Albany Medical College, which was founded in 1839 as one of the nation’s first private medical schools, has nearly 700 students. The College trains medical students and provides continuing medical education programs for area physicians. In addition to medical degrees, the College also offers master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral programs in the basic sciences as well as specialty training for nurses and technicians.
The Albany Medical Center is northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center. In addition to the College, it consists of one of New York’s largest teaching hospitals, the Albany Medical Center Hospital; and one of the Capital Region’s most active fundraising organizations, the Albany Medical Center Foundation, Inc.