Medical students at Upstate Medical University get residency assignments

At noon, March 20, 155 fourth-year students from Upstate Medical University’s College of Medicine joined graduating medical students from across the country in learning where they will spend their first year of training (or residency) in their chosen specialty.

This annual rite of passage, known as Match Day, was established in 1952 by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) of the Association of American Medical Colleges. The matching program provides an orderly and fair way to match the preferences of applicants for U.S. residency positions with the residency program’s choice of applicants. It also provides a common time for the announcement of the appointments, as well as an agreement for programs and applicants to honor the commitment to offer and accept an appointment if a match results.

At Upstate Medical University:

• 72 medical students will enter the primary care specialties comprised of: internal medicine (25 students), pediatrics (16 students), family medicine (20 students) and obstetrics and gynecology (11 students).

• 76 students will remain in New York state;

• 26 students will remain in Syracuse: 16 as medical residents at Upstate University Hospital and 10 residents at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center. Upstate’s match percentage was higher than the national average, which speaks well for the students at Upstate.

“Over the last several years our students have consistently matched at a rate slightly higher than the national average,” said College of Medicine Dean David Duggan, MD. “Residency programs select their residents based on the merit of their application and past experience with Upstate graduates. I interpret this to mean that our students are felt to be well prepared for residency and have demonstrated significant academic achievement in medical school.”

Upstate University Hospital must also fill its own residency positions. According to William Grant, EdD, Upstate associate dean for graduate medical education, Upstate has filled all of its 127 resident positions offered in this match. “We are pleased to have retained 16 of our own students in residency positions here,” said Grant.

Adding to the excitement of Match Day was the fourth-year class’s homemade video to celebrate one of the biggest days in a medical student’s life. The video, a take off of Bruno Mars’s Uptown Funk, called Upstate Funk, features most of the fourth-year class in a series of well-choreographed vignettes complete with lyrics about Upstate written by Therese Federowicz, and a vocals by John Charitable. Videographer Andy Zhou made the most of the recent exam-free two weeks before Match Day to get his dancers together for early morning shoots on nearby Marshall Street.

Graduating medical student Meena Davuluri said the production’s success is a testament to the closeness of the fourth-year class. “This was a really unique class,” she said, “with close friendships throughout that added to the very exciting month.”

Other students who played key roles in the video production include Shikh Gupta, Sonai, Shah, Kelly Cummings, Nicole Thompson, Meghan Jacobs, Zoe Grabiniski, Devin Halleran,  Erica Brenner, Patrick Belton, Jessica Jaw and Tim Kotlyar

Already the video, has garnered more than 120,000 views from being posted on Facebook and YouTube and attention from the news media ( and Time Warner Cable News) as well as the subject of tweets from Associated Medical Schools of New York and other outlets.

Caption:  Medical students who found out their residency assignments last week were also among those who led in the creation of the celebratory video Upstate Funk.  They are, from left, John Charitable, Meena Davuluri, Andy Zhou, Sonali Shah, Shikha Gupta and Therese Federowicz.

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