‘Match Madness’: Upstate students learn residency spots

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Imagine having your future in your hands, sealed in an envelope.

That was the reality for more than 150 medical students graduating from Upstate on Friday.

March 15 was “Match Day” with medical students from across the country all learning where they’ll spend their residency.

They open their letters at noon, along with all medical students seeking residency across the country. All 153 students from the 2019 class of Upstate Medical students were matched up with a residency program. Upstate administrators say they can’t remember the last time 100 percent of a class found residency programs.

Of the 153 students, only 22 were selected to stay in Syracuse at Upstate University Hospital or St. Joseph’s Hospital. One of those students was Jorge Alverenga, who has a wife, son and family in Syracuse. He was hoping to stay at home. His family just bought a house.

“Knowing that I was going to be able to stay here close to my family was so important to me,” Alverenga said. “So knowing that is a huge relief.”

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