One-quarter of the Class of 121 Students to Stay at Stony Brook Medicine
The Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University (RSOM) had 121 graduating students matched to residency programs around the country at its annual Match Day on March 17.
Students matched to programs in New York State and 19 other states and Washington, D.C., with 26 percent of the students matched to residency programs at Stony Brook Medicine.
With the U.S. facing challenges with healthcare delivery systems and a likely shortage of physicians continuing in the future, RSOM continues to produce new crops of physicians for the workforce each year. Match Days are held nationwide, an annual event when students learn of their residency training assignments. Administered by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), this year more than 40,000 positions were filled — a record for the NRMP’s 70-year history.
“Congratulations to all of you, and remember that things are going to work out regardless of where you have matched to,” said Peter Igarashi, MD, dean of the RSOM, who waved his own residency notice letter that he received years ago from his Match Day, one which revealed a choice that he did not expect and was not his first choice. “You have accomplished this at a time when a worldwide pandemic was at the center of your medical school training, an impressive feat.”
A majority of the RSOM students — 59 percent — will stay in New York State for their residency training. Of that portion, 55 percent will be employed on Long Island, and 45 percent at Stony Brook Medicine.
The top residency training programs matched to included anesthesiology (21), internal medicine (16), psychiatry (12), and emergency medicine (11). A solid portion of the students (21 percent) matched to primary care specialties, such as medicine and pediatrics. This is an important portion entering primary care fields, as the country faces primary care shortages ranging from 21,000 to 55,000 practitioners over the next decade, according to an Association of American Medical Colleges 2021 report.
In addition to students matching at Stony Brook and other hospitals across New York State — including Montefiore Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering and University of Rochester — they also matched to residencies at nationally recognized institutions such as Tufts Medical Center in Massachusetts, the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland.