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Touro’s New York Medical College Celebrates Match Day 2023 With 99% Match Rate

Students to train in 103 different hospitals, some with shomer Shabbos residencies.

(Courtesy of Touro University) Last week, the Class of 2023 at Touro University’s New York Medical College (NYMC) School of Medicine gathered on campus with family and friends for the culmination of years of hard work—the annual Match Day celebration. Along with graduating medical students across the nation, NYMC seniors learned where they were matched to medical residency programs and will continue their training for the next several years in their chosen specialties. Conducted annually by the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), the Match uses a computer algorithm to match the preferences of applicants with the preferences of residency programs, to fill the available training positions at U.S. teaching hospitals.

Ninety-nine percent of the Class of 2023 successfully matched, and students will go on to train in 25 states at 103 different institutions, including several NYMC major clinical affiliated sites, Westchester Medical Center and NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan as well as clinical affiliated sites, NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, and Lenox Hill Hospital. NYMC students also matched at academic medical centers across the country, including Mayo Clinic, Cleveland clinic, NYU, John Hopkins, Columbia, Weill Cornell, UCLA, Yale and Beth Israel-Deaconess of the Harvard Medical School.

The top career choices for the Class of 2023 were internal medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine, psychiatry, general surgery, anesthesiology, radiology, obstetrics and gynecology and neurology.

Shomer Shabbos Residency Matches

NYMC partners with its clinical sites in founding and promoting shomer Shabbos medical residency training slots, which accommodate Shabbos observance while prioritizing patient care.

“New York Medical College and Touro University are proud to offer the largest number and variety of shomer Shabbos medical and dental residency training opportunities in the United States. I am always pleased, on Match Day, to see students avail themselves of this option for their training,” said Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., chancellor and CEO of NYMC.

Four students from NYMC’s Class of 2023 matched to Shomer Shabbos residencies, in internal medicine and pediatrics.

Rachelli Topp is thrilled with her shomer Shabbos residency position in internal medicine at Westchester Medical Center. Before medical school, she attended Stern College for Women. She is originally from New York and Los Angeles, and is the daughter of Rabbi Kalman and Dr. Jordana Topp. “I really enjoyed medical school and specifically the Jewish experience I had on campus at NYMC,” she said. “The excellent education was enhanced by shabbatons, minyanim, shiurim, halachic guidance and kosher food. I was fortunate to never have to work on Shabbos in medical school and this inspired me to seek out and prioritize a shomer Shabbos residency. I chose internal medicine because it provides a broad medical training, which will prepare me to treat all types of patients with various illnesses and conditions. It will also prepare me well for a career in the specialty of my choosing.

“I know I will get excellent medical training at Westchester Medical Center, and thanks to the shomer Shabbos position, I can be certain that my training will not come at the expense of my Shabbos observance,” continued Topp. “Additionally, I can continue to take an active role in the Jewish community where so much revolves around Shabbos

Yoel Novograd, a Baltimore native who attended Ner Israel Rabbinical College, is very grateful for his internal medicine residency match in the shomer Shabbos slot at Temple University. “One of the reasons I chose New York Medical College was because of its affiliation with Touro and the sensitivity to Jewish observance,” said Novograd. “I never had to worry about missing class over Yomim Tovim. When I applied for my residency, one of the major factors I considered was whether a program was shomer Shabbos. My ultimate goal is to obtain a cardiology fellowship and I’m thrilled that I am matched to a program that is strong and will help me achieve my career goals and at the same time, I won’t have to be concerned about working on Shabbos or Yom Tov.”

For more information about New York Medical College visit www.nymc.edu.

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