Published March 24, 2023
Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in the annual Match Day with fourth-year medical students from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. Exactly at noon on March 17, our 175 students joined nearly 43,000 others across the country as they opened envelopes to reveal where the next phase of their medical training, residency, will occur.
According to the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) this was the largest match in its 70-year history. For the Jacobs School, it proved once again to be highly successful with our final match rate of 98%, which is higher than it has been in the past. Of those students who will graduate from the Jacobs School this April, more than ever before have chosen to remain in Buffalo for their advanced training. We are confident that many of those individuals will embrace the City of Good Neighbors and the quality of our health care systems and make Buffalo their lifetime home.
By choosing Western New York for their residency, these physicians are helping to improve access to health care and to reduce gaps in the care delivery continuum, especially when their specialties support the social health needs of the people they serve.
Residency is also an important component of our dedication to working with local hospital partners. Under their guidance, these new physicians staying in the Buffalo area will gain access to clinical and mentorship opportunities and be exposed to a comprehensive, innovative medical curriculum that reflects the Jacobs School’s primary mission to improve the health of our community.
Among those individuals who will remain in Buffalo are Meghan Murphy Cloutier and Tanya Verma Jimerson, both Niagara-Wheatfield High School graduates, who will benefit from the Western New York Scholarship Fund, which was established by a grassroots coalition of Jacobs School alumni and local business leaders. Each woman was also nominated to be a Generalist Scholar in Internal Medicine, which makes the announcement all the more meaningful.
Residency programs like ours all across the country take on the responsibility of guiding the growth of these doctors and providing them with the knowledge, skills and abilities to be successful in their future practice. Residency strengthens their leadership and interprofessional skills, broadens their clinical knowledge base, and prepares them to contribute as critical members of the health care community.
Congratulations to the medical students at the Jacobs School and across the country as you celebrate and take the next steps toward becoming the future of medicine. No matter the result, you have come this far. You are well on your way to making your mark on the world and making a difference in the lives of patients everywhere.
Allison Brashear, MD, MBA
Vice President for Health Sciences
Dean, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
University at Buffalo