On March 17, soon-to-be physicians from New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine‘s Class of 2023 learned where they will spend the next several years completing their medical residencies after graduation.
NYITCOM, which is based in Old Westbury and has a second location in Jonesboro, Ark., trains future doctors of osteopathic medicine.
This year the medical school achieved an impressive 100 percent match rate, with all members of the Class of 2023 placed into residencies. This was well above the 93.7 percent national average for U.S. M.D. seniors.
The annual event, known as “Match Day,” takes place on the third Friday of March, with NYITCOM students joining thousands of medical students across the country in discovering the next chapter of their medical education journey.
The event is one of — if not the most – anticipated days in a student’s medical school career.
After completing medical school, physicians must undergo a residency to obtain their license to practice medicine in the United States. Residencies typically last three to seven years, depending on the specialty.
During their final year of medical school, students apply and interview for residencies. Once they have completed their interviews, students rank their preferred programs, and the programs rank the preferred candidates they have interviewed.
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education then uses an algorithm to “match” candidates with programs based on rankings. Results are kept top-secret from both the future doctors and the matching hospitals until they are opened.
This year, graduating students from NYITCOM’s Long Island campus gathered at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, where they received sealed envelopes containing their much-anticipated results.
At 11 am, the envelopes were ripped open to the sounds of raucous cheer.
Residencies were secured at impressive institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic (anesthesiology), Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (multiple specialties), University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School (neurology), Duke University Medical Center (pediatrics), and many others.
NYITCOM students also matched into some of the most competitive specialties, including interventional radiology, dermatology, radiation oncology, urology, neurological surgery, and ophthalmology.
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or D.O.s, complete four years of osteopathic medical school, with an emphasis on preventive medicine and comprehensive patient care.
They are trained to recognize the interrelated unity among all systems of the body, each working with the other to promote overall health and wellness.