Medical Students Celebrate Match Day

This year’s Match Day event—held Friday, March 15, in the Annenberg West Lobby—reflected the accomplishments of the Class of 2013, with well more than half of 139 students at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai matching to residency programs at the nation’s top 20 academic medical centers.

Thirty-six students will be starting residencies at medical centers that include Massachusetts General Hospital; Yale-New Haven Hospital; Johns Hopkins University Hospital; Duke University Medical Center; Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Stanford University Medical Center; and the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.

Another 39 members of the class of 2013 will continue their training at Mount Sinai in specialties such as anesthesiology, emergency medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and radiation-oncology. Several of these specialties were the most popular residencies this year.

“The Class of 2013 embodies Mount Sinai’s entrepreneurial spirit and our leadership in research and innovative patient care,” said Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, The Mount Sinai Medical Center. “I am confident this distinguished group of students will make an indelible mark on the practice of medicine through their research and clinical leadership.”

This year, 17,856 U.S. medical students participated in the 2013 Match Day event, the largest number ever. Match Day is run by the National Resident Matching Program, a private, nonprofit organization that matches students with residencies in U.S. teaching hospitals based on a computerized algorithm.

At Mount Sinai, the students who gathered in the Annenberg Lobby expressed relief and happiness after learning where they would be spending the next phase of their training, while hugging their classmates, family members, close friends, and mentors.

Student Rishi Kothari, who is the outgoing Student Council President, said, “Staying right here at Mount Sinai for a residency in anesthesiology was absolutely my first choice. I’ve worked hard for four years, and I wanted to give back to this community that has given so much to me. I couldn’t be happier.”

Benjamin Grimmnitz was excited to learn that he had matched to a residency program in emergency medicine at Boston University Medical Center. “Coming to New York to attend Mount Sinai was a big adventure for me,” he said. “Now this will be another adventure.”

David Muller, MD, Marietta and Charles C. Morchand Chair in Medical Education and Dean for Medical Education at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, said, “It is so gratifying to see people’s hopes and dreams become a reality. To be part of the growth and maturation of someone who starts as a student and culminates with an MD or MD/PhD is an enormous privilege for all of us.”


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