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More UB medical school grads choosing Buffalo for their residencies

Julie Campbell looking at envelope

Julie Campbell checks out her residency letter as her significant other looks on. Photo: SANDY KICMAN, SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

By ELLEN GOLDBAUM

Published May 24, 2013

“This is a vote of confidence in UB’s residency programs.”
Roseanne Berger, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education

Fifty percent more students in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences have chosen a UB residency program this year than last year, according to statistics compiled on the graduates at Match Day 2013, held on March 15.

Match Day is the day when medical school students around the country find out where they will do their postgraduate training, called a residency, which lasts from three to seven years, depending on the specialty chosen.

Thirty-eight out of the 150 students who make up the Class of 2013 have chosen to stay in Buffalo and do their residencies at UB, up from 24 in 2012, according to Roseanne C. Berger, senior associate dean for graduate medical education.

“This is a vote of confidence in UB’s residency programs,” says Berger. “We do know that the residents have a tendency to remain in the areas where they train, so many will start their careers here, providing quality health care for our region.”

“We’re excited to see this,” agrees David A. Milling, senior associate dean for student and academic affairs in the medical school. “We have recruited so many new faculty and the quality of our training programs continues to improve, so students are more receptive, not only staying in Buffalo for postgraduate training, but some who leave also will return once their training is complete. The growth of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, including the forthcoming medical school downtown, is also attracting young physicians here.”

Seventy-three percent of the UB Class of 2013 are New York State residents. A total of 75 students, half of the class of 2013, will stay in New York State to do their training.