Upstate Medical University students take part in Match Day

Graduating medical students learn where they'll start their residency

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - It’s a St. Patrick’s Day to remember for 149 fourth-year students from Upstate Medical University’s College of Medicine.

It was Match Day where they learned what city and program they will spend their first year of training (or residency) in their chosen specialty.

Match Day provides a common time for the announcement of the appointments at medical schools around the country.

Tara Brenner, an OBGYN Specialist tells NewsChannel 9 what the wait is like just before finding out where she’s headed for her residency.

“I think it’s too many feeling to really describe. It's a lot of anxiety, excitement, happiness, joy, scared, so it's really everything, so it's hard to really process." Brenner says.

Ryan Schiedo was joined by his parents and girlfriend for the big announcement, “This has been the best week."

On Monday Schiedo knew he had been matched but didn’t know where and shared the moment with NewsChannel 9.  "Let's do it, whew, alright here it is.  Congratulations you have matched, UMass.  Wow, alrighty let's go, UMass."

Rhea Ruvin, is headed to the University of Cincinnati for her Internal Medicine residency, "It's surreal right now, very surreal.  It was #2 for me but it was tied for #1 forever and so I think its destiny that I was supposed to go there."

At Upstate Medical University:

• 63 medical students will enter the primary care specialties comprised of: internal medicine (25 students); pediatrics (22 students); medicine pediatrics (3 students); and family medicine (13 students).

• 63 students will remain in New York State;

• 23 students will remain in Syracuse: 17 as medical residents at Upstate University Hospital and 6 residents at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center.

The class match rate was 97 percent.

Upstate University Hospital must also fill its own residency positions. According to William Grant, EdD, Upstate associate dean for graduate medical education, Upstate has filled 152 of its resident positions; three positions remain open.


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