HEMPSTEAD, NY -- Soon-to-be graduates of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine learned where they will be spending the next several years of medical training today at the institution's first Match Day, a traditional rite of passage for medical students.
Official results revealed that 100 percent match for the student body, including many placements at residencies in top institutions such as Yale and Vanderbilt, and within a wide range of specialty areas, the most popular being internal medicine and emergency medicine. Of the class match, more than half will remain in the New York area for their residencies, while others head to institutions out west. The School of Medicine’s first Match Day breakdown includes:
- 11 students matched to NSLIJ teaching hospitals
- 19 students matched to NY metro institutions
- Students matched to institutions across the US, including New York, California, Tennessee and Chicago, Illinois.
- Institutions for residency placement include: Yale-New Haven Hospital, Duke University Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center, NYP Hospital-Columbia & Cornell, Jefferson Medical College/DuPont Children’s (PA), Memorial Sloan Kettering, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Boston University Medical Center, University of Southern California, Mount Sinai.
Match Day occurs on the third Friday of March each year at allopathic medical schools in the United States where the results of the National Resident Matching Program are announced.
The 2015 National Match Day was the largest ever, with 41,334 applicants vying for just 30,212 spots. If a residency match is not made, a candidate can immediately seek out and submit to unmatched positions, decide to take a year off, and/or re-evaluate professional goals.
During a ceremony in the school’s new building that was unveiled early this month, 29 students opened envelopes containing their residency match results at 12 p.m. ET today, the same moment as all graduating medical students across the country.
“The competition for residency spots is stiff,” said Lawrence G. Smith, MD, MACP, dean of the School of Medicine in a speech prior to the official match letter opening. "I am pleased to say that our students placed in some of the most competitive regions in the country."
And not all students will pursue this next phase of medical training alone.
Five couples at the School of Medicine vied for residency spots via the NRMP’s “Couples Match,” where pairs of students, from engaged and married couples to close friends and rivals, can apply for residency together with the goal of matching in the same program and/or region for their training.
“It means a lot to have the opportunity to be in the same place after four years in med school apart,” said Ross Littauer, who matched in emergency medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital via couples match with his wife, Hollie Matlyn, a graduating medical student from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Married last weekend, Matlyn received permission to find out her residency results at the School of Medicine match day event alongside her new spouse. “It is a special moment and an exciting time in our lives both personally and professionally,” said Ms. Matlyn.
Now on the road to residency, School of Medicine students prepare for another milestone—graduation on Monday, May 11—a day that will mark another crowning achievement for the school and inaugural class.