Dozens of Upstate Medical Students Learn Their Residency Assignment on "Match Day"

Mar 21, 2014

The waiting and anxiety is over for about 150 fourth-year SUNY Upstate medical school students Friday who learned where they’ll begin their residencies.  

Kilali Iyallo is heading to Texas for her residency.
Kilali Iyallo is heading to Texas for her residency.
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They opened envelopes as part of the annual rite of passage called “match day.”  The students we spoke to all received their first choices.  

Class co-president Dan Harris is one of five who will complete their residencies at St. Joseph's hospital in Syracuse.  Other facts about this graduation class: 

  • 69 will enter the primary care specialties of internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology.
  • 62 students will complete their residencies in New York State.
  • 17 will remain in Syracuse; 12 at Upstate University Hospital.

Class co-president Dan Harris holds up his Match letter.
Class co-president Dan Harris holds up his Match letter.
Credit John Smith / WAER News

Match Day dates back to 1952, and provides an orderly and fair way to match the preferences of applicants for U.S. residency positions.  It also provides a common time for the announcement of the appointments.  Upstate's students joined other senior medical students from across the country in opening their envelopes at noon Friday.  The graduate medical education in their chosen specialties is required to receive their medical licenses.    Upstate’s students will graduate May 18th at the Oncenter.