Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Match Day 2012 Shows More Continuing to Enter Internal Medicine


Graduating Einstein medical students celebrate long-awaited residency match results enlarge photo


Einstein's current Internal Medicine residents will welcome 64 new interns in July 2012. enlarge photo
On Friday, March 16, fourth-year medical students at Einstein joined colleagues at medical schools around the country to learn where and in what specialty they will spend their next 3-7 years of residency training.

Incoming Interns  

The Einstein/Montefiore Internal Medicine Residency Program had a strong and competitive match for its 64 PGY1 positions.

In an outstanding, unprecedented match, the Social Medicine Program matched its first five ranked applicants for its five positions. Incoming Social Medicine interns come from the following medical schools (listed alphabetically):

  • Charite-Universitätsmedizin Berlin (1)
  • Harvard School of Medicine (2)
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine (1)
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine (1)

The Primary Care Program also matched competitively. The program's incoming interns come from the following medical schools (listed alphabetically):

  • University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (1)
  • Emory University School of Medicine (1)
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (1)
  • Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (1)
  • Weill Cornell Medical College (1)

The Categorical Program's incoming intern group is well diversified by geography and medical schools, with residents entering from the following institutions (listed alphabetically):

  • Albany Medical College (3)
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine (5)
  • Bangalore Medical College (1)
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (1)
  • Drexel University College of Medicine (2)
  • George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences (1)
  • Howard University College of Medicine (1)
  • Jefferson Medical College (1)
  • New York Medical College School of Medicine (4)
  • Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences (1)
  • SUNY Downstate College of Medicine (3)
  • Tufts University School of Medicine (1)
  • UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (4)
  • Universita de gli Studi di Bologna (1)
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (2)
  • Morsani College of Medicine (University of South Florida) (1)
  • UT Southwestern Medical School - Dallas (1)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (1)

The Department of Medicine continued its concerted effort to recruit academically outstanding under-represented minority ("URM") students, particularly African-American and Hispanic students, into its PGY1 class. Eight minority candidates will matriculate into the PGY-1 class in July 2012.

Internal Medicine Numbers Strong Nationally  

U.S. medical graduates' interest in Internal Medicine as a career may have stabilized after a fall of some years ago. The percentages of graduates entering Categorical Medicine programs nationally are as follows: 19% in 2006, 18.9% in 2007, 18.5% in 2008, 18.1% in 2009, 18.2% in 2010, and 18.9% in 2011, and 18.7% in 2012.

389 Categorical Internal Medicine programs participated in the 2012 match.

Einstein Medical Students Entering Medicine at Higher Than Average Rates  

Forty-three Einstein students will enter categorical Internal Medicine programs in July, exceeding the national average of 18.7%. Historically, Einstein students have entered Internal Medicine at a rate higher than the national average.

"Internal Medicine is alive and well at Einstein/Montefiore. We continue to have a very high level of interest by our student body, despite sliding national trends, and our house staff program remains extremely strong, particularly in Primary Care/Social Internal Medicine. The national interest in Internal Medicine remains healthy, with a steady expansion in primary care," said Dr. Victor Schuster, Chairman of the Department of Medicine.

Special thanks go to the following people for their hard work and combined efforts to continually improve the Internal Medicine Residency Program:

  • Dr. Sharon Silbiger, for her devotion to raising the profile of Medicine at Einstein and shepherding students through the process of internship application
  • Dr. Philip Lief, Interim Program Director and Vice-Chair of the Department
  • Dr. Hillary Kunins, Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine Program Director, who has advanced the program to a highly competitive status.
  • Lisa Vessecchia, Assistant to Dr. Silbiger
  • Anna Manca, Program Administrator
  • Sheila Harrison, Program Assistant
  • Firm and Assistant Firm Leaders
  • Chief Residents
  • House Staff
  • Diversity Affairs Committee
  • The many Department of Medicine faculty members who gave their time to interview applicants
  • Deirdre Condon, Jacqueline San Miguel, and Milagros Pereira, who were busy behind the scenes downloading applications, preparing files of the interviewees, and directing the flow of applicants.

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