Einstein Students, Residencies Match Strong for 2009
The National Resident Matching Program had its largest Match Day ever Thursday, March 19. 15,638 U.S. medical school seniors were assigned to a residency program.
Fifty-six Einstein medical students matched in categorical Internal Medicine internships, significantly increased from prior years (44 in 2008, 48 in 2007, 28 in 2006, 40 in 2005, 45 in 2004, and 42 in 2003). As a fraction of the class size, Einstein students entering Internal Medicine residencies (32%) compares favorably against the national average of 18%. Nine of the 56 students who matched are members of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.
Forty-seven of the 56 Einstein students matched in university programs, including:
- 5 in Boston (3 to Massachusetts General, 1 to Beth Israel-Deaconess, 1 to Boston Univeristy)
- 32 in New York City (12 to Montefiore, 4 to Columbia, 2 to Cornell, 5 to Mt. Sinai, 4 to NYU, and 3 to Beth Israel)
- 8 in California (3 to University of California San Diego)
- Yale (2), Johns Hopkins, University of Virginia, University of Pennsylvania, UPMC-Pittsburgh, Cleveland Clinic, University of Michigan, and University of Washington in Seattle (2)
The Department of Medicine’s house staff programs were strongly matched, readily filling all slots. Thirty-eight students were assigned to the Three-Year Categorical Residency, ten to the three-year Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine Residency, sixteen to the one-year Preliminary Internship (for applicants needing preparation in general internal medicine before entering a specialty residency), and four to the Dermatology Residency Program.
The Categorical Medicine Residency’s entering interns come from Albert Einstein College of Medicine (11), Mt. Sinai School of Medicine (2), University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Boston University (3), Case Western University, UMDNJ, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, University of Kansas, University of Cincinnati, Drexel University, SUNY Upstate Medical University, New York Medical College, Wake Forest, Sackler School of Medicine, and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Two of these interns will enter the Medical Scientist Pathway, where they will “short track” for two years of integrated training in clinical internal medicine and subspecialties followed by an extended biomedical and clinical research period. Medical Scientist Pathway residents typically go on to entry-level faculty positions and independent research careers in academic internal medicine.
The Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine Residency's entering interns come from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, George Washington University, Stony Brook University, University of Colorado, Tufts University, University of Minnesota, Rush University, and UMDNJ.
The Preliminary Internship’s entrants come from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Cornell University, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, University of Maryland, University of South Carolina, Wright State University, Ohio State University, Stony Brook University, Jefferson Medical College, and Wake Forest University.
Einstein-Montefiore made a special effort this year to attract outstanding under-represented minority applicants for all programs. From this pool, two applicants were recruited to the 3-Year Categorical Residency, three to the Preliminary Internship, and two to the Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine Residency.
The Dermatology Residency Program’s incomers were ranked in the top 14 of forty candidates, and come from the University of South Carolina; University of California, Irvine; Virginia Commonwealth University; and Boston University.
This year, 376 residency programs across the country offered 4,992 internal medicine categorical positions in the match, representing a slight increase in the number of programs and positions from 2008. Only 25 programs (7%) went unfilled, compared with 31 last year.
Overall interest in primary care residencies has remained flat. All but two of the fifty primary care internal medicine residencies were filled, but the number of positions offered was down from 264 to 247. U.S. medical school seniors filled 155 (63%) of these positions. (In 1997, 608 primary care internal medicine positions were in the match, and 368 U.S. seniors matched.)
The "fill rate" for U.S. seniors is one indication of the overall desirability of a given specialty. In 2009, some of these were:
- Medicine categorical (53.5%)
- Medicine primary care (62.5%)
- Family Practice (42.2%)
- General Pediatrics (70.3%)
- Surgery (55.3%)
- OB-GYN (74.2%)
- Psychiatry (61.7%)
- Emergency Medicine (77.9%)
The national percentage of U.S. graduates entering internal medicine by year is as follows (contrast with Einstein's 32% this year):
- 2005 (19.3%)
- 2006 (19.0%)
- 2007 (18.9%)
- 2008 (18.5%)
- 2009 (18.1%)
Despite national trends, Einstein-Montefiore has established a high level of interest among its student body, and the Department of Medicine’s residency programs continue to strengthen each year.
Special recognition goes to Dr. Shirley Levine for unflagging devotion to raising the Department of Medicine’s profile at Einstein, and for shepherding students through the winding internship application process. Thanks and congratulations also go to Dr. Sharon Silbiger (Program Director), Anna Manca (Program Administrator), Dr. Nir Barzilai, and Francine Rella for Medical Student Pathway recruitment; Firm and Assistant Firm Leaders; Chief Residents; house staff; the Diversity Affairs Committee; and the many faculty members who gave generously of their time in interviewing applicants. Their collective hard work has maintained and improved the Department of Medicine’s residency programs from year to year, contributing to the programs’ rich, unique educational experience combining the best of science and humanism, and offering residents direct access to cutting-edge medical research and prestigious fellowships.