March 18, 2016—(BRONX, NY)—Every March, graduating medical school students around the country learn where they will spend their residency during Match Day ceremonies. Earlier today, Einstein’s class of 2016 capped their years of hard work by celebrating their successful matches with family and friends.
“Match Day is like nothing else,” said Stephen G. Baum, M.D., senior associate dean for students at Einstein. “The students feel this enormous anticipation – the envelopes they receive literally hold their futures. The good news is our students do very well in the Match, and this year is no exception. It’s really a day to toast their achievements and their future careers as practicing physicians.”
Eighty-eight of the 197 Einstein M.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. students who matched will be entering the specialties that comprise primary care: 48 matched to internal medicine (#1), 31 to pediatrics (#2) and 9 to family medicine (#7). Rounding out the top 10 matched specialties this year were: emergency medicine (16 students), surgery (14), psychiatry (13), anesthesiology (11), radiology – diagnostic (9), neurology (6) and orthopedics (6).
Of note this year was an uptick in matches to surgery (7.1 percent, up from 4.7 percent last year, psychiatry (6.6 percent, up from 4.7 percent) and neurology (3.0 percent, up from 1.6 percent.) Close to a quarter of Einstein’s graduating students will stay in the Einstein community, joining Montefiore or an affiliated hospital.
Match Day is conducted annually by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). It uses a computerized mathematical algorithm to align the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs in order to fill the residency training positions available at U.S. hospitals. NRMP is a private, not-for-profit organization established at the request of medical students to provide an orderly and fair mechanism to match applicants and open residency positions.
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