“Match Day,” in which members of graduating classes of medical schools throughout the country find out where they are to be placed for their residencies the following year (and for a total of the following 3-7 years), was another resounding success for those in the graduating class at YU’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine, who saw strong residency placements in competitive specialties and prestigious programs.
After a ritual opening ceremony involving the clanging of a brass gong, personalized envelopes were distributed to students at high noon. What followed was a catharsis of emotion as students tore open the envelopes containing the match to their future professional paths.
Einstein’s 165 graduating medical students displayed a strong showing in competitive specialties, including anesthesiology, dermatology, ophthalmology, radiology and orthopedics. Among the highlights were three matches in radiation oncology – a specialty with only 150 spots in the country – and fourteen matches in emergency medicine, a field that has proved extremely popular this year. In residencies with a high number of offered spots, such as pediatrics and internal medicine, Einstein students secured positions at top institutions, including Yale, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Cornell and Columbia.
Einstein’s M.D./Ph.D. program, one of the first three established in the U.S. and still one of the largest, is graduating 12 students this year. The students placed exceptionally well, accounting for two of the three radiation oncology residencies as well as spots in orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology and research medicine.