SUNY Medical Schools Are Leading Providers of New York's Doctors

March 5, 2013


Albany — State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that SUNY’s four medical schools are the leading destinations for New York residents seeking a medical degree, and that a vast majority choose to stay in New York State to practice medicine after graduation.

According to data recently released by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the incoming classes for Fall 2012 at SUNY’s medical schools had higher percentages of New York residents than any medical schools in the state.

“We are proud to be the top provider of New York’s doctors,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “SUNY’s medical colleges are among the best in the nation and have for decades served as beacons for New York’s most talented students and future professionals. We are equally proud that more than 80 percent of our graduates in the healthcare fields also take what they learn at SUNY and continue to care for New York’s patients in every region.”

SUNY Upstate’s College of Medicine received 4,730 applications for admission for the class of 2016. Of the 156 enrolled students, 87.8 percent of them were from New York State. University at Buffalo was the second highest, with 82.6 percent, followed by Downstate Medical Center at 80.5 percent, and Stony Brook University at 73.4 percent.

“This is no accident,” said SUNY Upstate President David R. Smith, M.D. “We have made a concerted effort to attract and enroll New Yorkers over the last seven years. While our applicant pool was only 42 percent New Yorkers, I challenged our admissions committee to look closely at our own. We have an excellent class and the state has a strong chance of retaining them. It’s the right thing to do for Upstate and New York State.”

“The focus of the UB medical school has always been to provide caring and skilled physicians for New York State,” said Michael Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences at UB and dean of the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “In fall 2012, the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences welcomed the class of 2016 of 144 medical students; 118 of them are New York State residents and 59 are from Western New York. As we embark on an historic move and expansion of our medical school, we will be further enhancing our commitment to New York State and to providing world-class health care in our community. One of the key reasons why our medical school is moving to downtown Buffalo is so that we can increase our class size from 140 students to 180 students, in order to address the increased demand for physicians in New York State.”

"Downstate is proud of our record," said Downstate President John F. Williams, MD, EdD, MPH, FCCM. "One out of three physicians practicing in Brooklyn and one of every nine practicing in New York City graduated or trained at Downstate. We are especially proud of our diversity and our students' strong record of success. More than a third of our medical students come from the local Brooklyn community, and they are a microcosm of the Borough's diversity. Fully half of our medical students are either first- or second-generation Americans, and for up to 40 percent of our medical students, English may not be the language spoken at home. Many are the first in their family to attend college. And our students do extremely well: our students surpass national averages on many of their board exams and are well known for their clinical acumen."

“Through our School of Medicine, Stony Brook University fuels the pipeline for new doctors across New York State,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr, MD. “Those who are trained in New York often stay in New York. With more than 120 medical school graduates, and 500 residents and fellows in more than 25 medical disciplines, Stony Brook University is uniquely positioned each year to address the State’s physician shortage. More than 1,600 graduates from Stony Brook University School of Medicine practice in New York State.”

Matriculated Students Fall 2012
Medical Schools Incoming Class of 2016

College Applications # Class % NYS Residents
SUNY Upstate 4,730 156 87.8
University at Buffalo 4,192 144 82.6
SUNY Downstate 5,543 185 80.5
Stony Brook University 4,918 124 73.4
Hofstra-North Shore 5,043 60 53.3
Albert Einstein 7,784 183 44.3
Rochester 5,055 102 37.3
Albany 7,953 138 37.0
New York Medical 11,422 195 34.9
New York University 8,351 158 34.2
Mount Sinai 6,309 139 30.9
Columbia 7,378 166 30.7
Cornell-Weill 5,886 101 23.8

Source: US Medical School Applications and Matriculants by School,
State of Legal Residence and Sex, 2012
(Association of American Medical Colleges Report 12/17/2012)

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