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Med Students Meet Their Match

Stony brook medicine match day 2024. (3/15/24)

124 RSOM senior medical students set to launch their physician careers

STONY BROOK, NY, March 20, 2024 – For the 124 senior medical students from the Renaissance School of Medicine (RSOM) at Stony Brook University who matched to residency assignments, their medical school journey has been a unique and inspiring one as it ran from the start to finish of the Covid-19 pandemic. Now they are ready to launch their careers in medicine as resident physicians and join a field further transformed by the pandemic and new technologies such as telemedicine and artificial intelligence.

Joy and happiness dominated the scene at the RSOM’s Match Day, held on March 15 at Stony Brook University. Match Days are held each year on the same day at medical schools nationwide. Administered by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), this year’s Match included more than 50,000 applicants. Collectively, students matching from the RSOM will enter a total of 17 specialties, with Internal Medicine and Psychiatry being the top two choices. More than half of the class will practice in New York State. Among those who matched outside of New York, their assignments encompass 19 U.S. states.

More than one-third of students who matched in New York State matched to Stony Brook Medicine.

“We are thrilled for and congratulate our 124 matching students. What makes their achievement so remarkable is how they overcame the adverse conditions under which most of them entered our school – amidst a global pandemic that created widespread uncertainty and necessitated remote learning and social distancing,” said Peter Igarashi, MD, Knapp Dean of the RSOM. “These individuals never faltered in continually adjusting and acclimating to new ways of learning.”

Dr. Igarashi also encouraged each student to embrace where they matched because their opportunities will be many regardless of where they ranked an institution in the Match process. Most of the residency programs begin in early July.

Stony brook medicine match day 2024. (3/15/24)
RSOM Knapp Dean Peter Igarashi, MD, addresses the students at the school’s 2024 Match Day.
Credit: Kristy Leibowitz

More than one-third of the students matched to primary care specialties, namely Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Pediatrics. This is a positive trend over the years with RSOM Matches, as primary care remains a pressing need in communities nationwide.

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This resilient class matched to many leading academic medical centers in all regions of the country, including Stanford Health in California, the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, and Stony Brook Medicine on Long Island.

Camille Chan matched as a couple with her fiancé, Ryan Williams. Both met in California at UCLA as undergraduates, and enrolled in the RSOM. While at Stony Brook, Camille spent a lot of time volunteering at Stony Brook HOME (health outreach and medical education), a free clinic for underserved communities. Seeing the myriad of health issues and needs for urgent care in populations, she was inspired to pursue Emergency Medicine.

Stony brook medicine match day 2024. (3/15/24)
Camille Chan and Ryan Williams, who matched as a couple, finding out they will be heading to the University of Southern California.
Credit: Kristy Leibowitz

Both of her parents are physicians and immigrated to the U.S, her father from Hong Kong and her mother from the Philippines. They currently practice near San Francisco. Camille admires and shares their dedication to helping communities in need stay healthy.

Camille and Ryan both matched to the University of Southern California, she in Emergency Medicine and he in Internal Medicine.

Salvatore Capotosto, a former professional soccer player in Italy, whose life totally changed after injuries halted his budding athletic career and forced him to re-think his career goals, matched to Orthopedic Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. In Italy, he became inspired by the orthopedic surgeons and other physicians who helped him recover from major injuries. He made his way to the U.S. to further his education and eventually applied to medical schools and chose the RSOM.

Sean Na grew up in Great Neck, NY, raised by his aunt and older brother. Three events in his life ultimately led to his decision to pursue medicine – his mother dying from ovarian cancer when he was only a year old, his father developing a potentially fatal skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson Syndrome), and his prolonged battle with cystic acne.

Stony brook medicine match day 2024. (3/15/24)
Sean Na, right, who matched to Brown University in Dermatology, with family members at Match Day.
Credit: Kristy Leibowitz

Sean’s passion lies in curing skin cancers, and as he says “helping people find confidence in their own skin.” He celebrated with family members at Match Day when Sean found out he matched to Brown University in Rhode Island in Dermatology.

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