Albany, N.Y., March 16, 2006—At noon today, fourth-year medical students from across the country, including 131 at Albany Medical College, learned where they will perform their advanced medical training next year.
Albany Medical College students matched on “National Match Day” to such prestigious institutions as Brown Medical School, Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. Forty-six students were matched to programs in New York State, including 18 percent who were matched at Albany Med. More than half of this year’s class—51%—entered into primary care specialties, including family practice, internal medicine, medicine/pediatrics, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology.
Albany Medical Center Hospital also filled all 80 of its available first-year residency positions. Twenty-three of the available positions will be filled by Albany Medical College students.
“Our students are accepted into some of the best programs in the country, which reflects the quality of education they receive at the Medical College. The fact that so many students chose to stay at the Albany Medical Center Hospital speaks to the high quality of education and care that the students determined after comparing Albany Medical Center Hospital to other hospitals around the country,” said Henry Pohl, M.D., vice dean for academic administration at the Albany Medical College.
The Albany Medical College students gathered in the Albany College of Pharmacy gymnasium and excitedly opened the envelopes containing 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 College of Pharmacy gym to accommodate the large number of students and family members who attend. Except for graduation day, Match Day is the biggest event in a medical student’s academic life.
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.
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, preliminary medicine, psychiatry and radiology all participate in the NRMP. Residents from such prestigious institutions as Johns Hopkins and Dartmouth Universities will begin their training at the Medical Center next year.
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.
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