With family, friends and faculty looking on, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine’s inaugural class today learned where they will be spending the next several years of medical training during the institution’s first Match Day, celebrating a 100 percent residency placement rate that includes some of the nation’s top institutions.Official results revealed that all 29 eligible students in the school’s first class were matched with residencies, including placements in prestigious 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.
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.
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, and Mount Sinai.
“The competition for residency spots is stiff,” said Lawrence G. Smith, MD, MACP, dean of the School of Medicine. “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 their training on their own.
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. An all-time high 1,035 couples nationwide asked to link their match applications.
“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 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.