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A Record: 149 Med Students Match to Residencies

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The Stony Brook class launches careers into specialties central to fighting the pandemic

STONY BROOK, N.Y., March 22, 2021 – Although the Renaissance School of Medicine’s 2021 Match Day for fourth-year medical students remained a virtual event, there was much celebration for the success of the class as a record 149 students received their residency assignments. Of the students matching to New York State assignments, a record 30 percent (20 of 66) will be staying at Stony Brook Medicine as physicians.

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a transformation of medical services, and its continuance adds to the need in society for more physicians and healthcare professionals. Match Day marks the entry of fourth-year students into the medical profession as physicians.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has taught all of you, and all of us, so much about the importance of medicine in our society, and now you are well prepared for your residencies and to enter medical specialty programs,” said William Wertheim, MD, Interim Dean of the Renaissance School of Medicine. “We congratulate all the matched students at this unprecedented time as each of you move forward into your careers.”

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The students collectively matched to programs in New York State, 23 other states, and Washington, DC. Forty-five percent matched to programs in New York State. The leading residency programs matched to included Internal Medicine (30), Anesthesiology (17), Emergency Medicine (16), and Psychiatry (15). Thirty percent will be entering primary care practices, which are currently have a growing role in medicine due to the pandemic and complexities around Covid-19, primary care, infection prevention and vaccine rollout.

Among a number of native Long Islanders matching to residencies is Alyssa Mangino, who grew up in Commack. She matched to Emergency Medicine, a field the pandemic has brought to the forefront, and will be practicing at Deaconess Medical Center in Massachusetts. Since the age of 15 when volunteering in Long Island ERs, Alyssa has been pursuing her dream of becoming an emergency physician.

Alyssa has been responsible for organizing all the medical student volunteers taking part in the Covid-19 vaccine rollout. When 4thyear medical students received an email in December asking for volunteers who would be willing to vaccinate healthcare workers, she signed on and then saw how much help was needed. From that point on, she took on the task of recruiting and organizing all medical student volunteers, which has resulted in more than 80 medical student vaccinators working at various vaccination PODs (point of dispensing) events thus far this year.

Other native Long Islanders matching include: Jessica White, a mother of two children who will earn her MD and MPH in May. She chose medicine after pursuing a career in acting in New York City and matched to Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Jordan Lastra has a long history at Stony Brook. It when he was treated for a brain tumor as a 10-year-old boy, which helped inspire his pursuit of medicine. He matched to Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia for Internal Medicine.

See some of these students and others during the celebratory moment when they found out of their match by opening up this link to video clips.

To watch the entire Renaissance School of Medicine Match Day event, see this link.

Match Day is an annual, nationwide and is administered by National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and coordinated through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). This year some 35,000 matched to residencies nationwide. For more details on the national match, see this press release.

About Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University:

Established in 1971, Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University includes 25 academic departments. The three missions of the School are to advance the understanding of the origins of human health and disease; train the next generation of committed, curious and highly capable physicians; and deliver world-class compassionate healthcare. As a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited medical school, Stony Brook is one of the foremost institutes of higher medical education in the country. Each year the School trains nearly 500 medical students and more than 600 medical residents and fellows. Faculty research includes National Institutes of Health-sponsored programs in neurological diseases, cancer, cardiovascular disorders, biomedical imaging, regenerative medicine, infectious diseases, and many other topics. Physicians on the School of Medicine faculty deliver world-class medical care through more than 31,000 inpatient, 108,000 emergency room, and 940,000 outpatient visits annually at Stony Brook University Hospital and affiliated clinical programs, making its clinical services one of the largest and highest quality medical schools on Long Island, New York. To learn more, visit

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