Another Successful Match Day at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

By Office of Communications & Marketing | Mar 17, 2023

Seventy-five percent of the graduating medical school class will remain in New York State for their residencies

Brooklyn, NY (March 17, 2023) – SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University celebrated a successful Match Day today as 188 medical students joined thousands of their U.S. and global counterparts to learn where they will do residency assignments. Upon completing their medical degrees, new doctors must pursue at least three years of additional training in their specialties.

Every March, this rite of passage for medical students celebrates the next steps in their medical careers. On Match Day at noon (EST), medical students nationwide open their envelopes simultaneously to learn of their residency matches. Seventy-five percent of SUNY Downstate graduates will remain in New York State.

Match Day is the beginning of graduate medical education where new medical graduates learn the skills to become fully-trained physicians," said SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University president Wayne J. Riley, M.D. "Our resident physicians have remained resilient in the face of new learning modalities resulting from the pandemic. Their exceptional education at Downstate and real-world experiences have augmented their strengths and reaffirmed their commitment to this noble profession. They are well-prepared for this next critical step in their journeys."

"Today was not just about opening the envelopes together; it’s about being able to reaffirm commitments in person, to join in everyone’s excitement, and a day to celebrate the next milestone in their careers,” said College of Medicine dean F. Charles Brunicardi, M.D. “We are so delighted to be able to celebrate with and honor the Class of 2023 with their families, friends, and loved ones this year."

Ninety-eight percent of this year’s graduating class who completed the match process were matched to residencies. A total of 144 graduates (75 percent of those who matched) will remain in New York State. There are 101 graduates (54 percent) who will remain in New York City, including 37 who will become residents at Downstate. Consequently, more Downstate graduates practice medicine in New York City and New York State than from any other U.S. medical school.

An on-campus ceremony marks Match Day, where medical students are accompanied by professors, mentors, family, friends, and classmates. Students open their Letters of Notification from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) as a class to cheers, hugs, and screams, where impromptu celebrations are the norm.

Top specialties among the Class of 2023 include Internal Medicine, 17 percent; Anesthesiology, 10 percent; Pediatrics, 9 percent; Emergency Medicine, Neurology, and Psychiatry, 6 percent; and General Surgery, 5 percent. The Class of 2023 will pursue residencies in 27 different specialties.

Top match institutions included: Northwell Health, Montefiore, Mount Sinai, NYU, New York Presbyterian, Stony Brook, Rochester Strong Memorial, George Washington University, Brown University, Children’s National Medical Center, Stanford University, One Brooklyn Health, and the University of California San Francisco.

Preeminent institutional matches include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Mayo Clinic, The Ohio State University, the Morehouse School of Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, the University of California Los Angeles, Yale New Haven Hospital, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

The match process begins in the fall during the final year of medical school when students apply to residency programs. Applicant interviews are conducted for possible matches throughout the fall and early winter. From mid-January to late February, applicants and programs rank each other and submit their preference lists to NRMP. A computerized mathematical algorithm matches applicants’ preferences with programs for training positions available at teaching hospitals nationwide.

About SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University: 

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the borough’s only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care. It is a 342-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of New York City and Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents. University Hospital at Downstate (UHD) is Downstate’s teaching hospital, backed by an outstanding medical school’s expertise and world-class academic medical center research facilities. Over 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate’s staff. 

In addition to high-risk neonatal and infant services, pediatric nephrology, and dialysis (kidney diseases)—and offering the only kidney transplantation program in Brooklyn, among many other distinctive programs. In addition to UHD, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, a College of Nursing, a School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @sunydownstate.