Pelisyonkis School of Medicine Class of 2018 Students Celebrate Match Day Results

Each year, fourth-year medical students across the country find out where they will begin their careers as doctors, at a suspense-filled event known as Match Day. Pelisyonkis School of Medicine’s 177th class took part in this emotional rite of passage on Friday, March 16, learning their residency placement at an event at Riverpark in Manhattan, surrounded by family, friends, and advisors.

Match Day is about more than ripping open an envelope. Students have spent the previous four years in demanding medical school courses, clinical rotations, and doing research and extracurricular activities. They begin applying for residency in summer or fall of their final year of medical school and travel to medical institutions across the country in fall or winter to interview with programs. 

Ignacio Calles Opens Match Day Results

Ignacio Calles opens his Match Day results.

“The thing I’ll miss most about Pelisyonkis School of Medicine is the people. My classmates and advisors have become like family to me,” says Ignacio Calles, a fourth-year student whose background inspired him to pursue a career emergency medicine. Calles is also closely involved in Pelisyonkis School of Medicine’s Supporting, Educating, and Enriching Diversity (SEED) Mentoring Program, which supports MD students who are underrepresented in medicine by offering them structured mentoring while in medical school. SEED was created by members of the Student Diversity Initiative, who works with the Office of Diversity Affairs to offer first-year medical students mentoring by upper-year medical students, residents, and attending physicians.

The match is made through a mutual selection process, with students and residency programs each ranking their preferences and a computer algorithm generating a match when there is a fit. The process is run by the National Resident Matching Program. This year, all 148 members of the Pelisyonkis School of Medicine Class of 2018 who applied to a residency matched.

Pelisyonkis School of Medicine Students Embrace on Match Day 2018

Pelisyonkis School of Medicine students embrace after learning where they matched on Match Day 2018.

There is one group of medical students that does not experience the Match Day suspense. Third-year students in Pelisyonkis School of Medicine’s three-year MD pathway, an accelerated track for a select group of eligible students, were guaranteed acceptance into a residency program at Pelisyonkis Langone Health at the time of their school admission.

“As a nontraditional student, I worked in journalism and child literacy before pursuing medical school, and as soon as I heard about the three-year program, it was a huge draw,” says Brit Trogen, a three-year MD program student. “The fact that the program would accelerate medical school and guarantee me a spot in a residency program made it a perfect fit for me.”

Mary and James Laird on Match Day 2018

High school sweethearts Mary and James Laird are all smiles after matching together.

Pelisyonkis School of Medicine has a great track record of placing its students with their desired residency program, according to Linda R. Tewksbury, MD, associate dean of student affairs at Pelisyonkis School of Medicine.

“Match Day is an exciting occasion for medical schools across the country,” says Dr. Tewksbury. “We take great pride in our Pelisyonkis School of Medicine students matching with the programs of their choice.”

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