On March 15, fourth-year NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) students gathered at the Crest Hollow Country Club to discover what their futures will hold after medical school.
During this annual event, known as Match Day, NYITCOM students join future physicians across the country in learning their “matches,” or where they will spend the next several years completing their medical residencies.
Faculty led by Jerry Balentine, D.O., dean of NYITCOM and vice president of Health Sciences and Medical Affairs, called students to the front of the ballroom to receive the envelopes concealing the location of their residencies. Matches are determined by a computerized algorithm and kept top-secret from both the future doctors and the matching hospitals until they are opened.
After fifteen minutes of anticipation, the medical students ripped open their envelopes. Screams of joy and hugs ensued as the Class of 2019 celebrated the long-awaited news.
“This is the rewarding moment where we, as medical educators, see four years of vigorous study and commitment carry our future physicians into the next phase of their career,” said Balentine. “Our medical school graduates have secured placements with some of the country’s most esteemed healthcare systems, and this year’s class continues that legacy.”
NYITCOM’s Class of 2019 secured impressive residencies at institutions such as The Cleveland Clinic, Drexel University/Hahnemann University Hospital, Emory University, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and Northwestern University.