From left, are to-be Stony Brook residents: David Silverstein (Dermatology), Raymond Pahk (Orthopaedic Surgery), Erica Katz (Emergency Medicine), Rachel Wong (Medicine-Primary), Cara Ninivaggio (Obstetrics-Gynecology), Jennifer Ripton (Diagnostic Radiology), and Cheng Ting Lin (Diagnostic Radiology).
STONY BROOK, N.Y., March 26, 2008 – Expectations turned into many thrills at Stony Brook University School of Medicine’s annual “Match Day” ceremony, where fourth year medical students assembled on March 20 to find out where they will be assigned for their residency training following graduation in May. In total, 111 students matched to programs at major hospitals and healthcare facilities in New York, 14 other states, and Canada.
“Our students were very pleased, and it seemed most were happy with their assignments,” said Frederick M. Schiavone, M.D., Associate Dean for Medical Education. “They will be attending many outstanding programs and specializing in areas such as Emergency Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics/Gynecology,” added Dr. Schiavone, noting that students matched to residencies all over the nation, including at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Yale-New Haven Hospital, University of Chicago Medical Center, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and University of California, San Francisco.
Stony Brook University School of Medicine students Leo Andrew Benedict, and Frances Turcotte were all smiles when finding out where they will be assigned for their residency training during national “Match Day” in March.
A majority of the students matched to institutions in New York State, including to Columbia University Medical Center, New York University School of Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center, as well as Stony Brook University Medical Center. More women (67) matched than men (44) to sites. There were three sets of couples who matched, one match to Canada (McGill University), and one military match (Walter Reed Army Medical Center).
Match Day is a national event, conducted by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), a not-for-profit corporation established in 1952. According to NRMP statistics, this year was the largest match in history and included the most applicants nationwide (28,737) to fill 22,240 positions. In addition, more than 94 percent of seniors who applied for residencies this year paired with a program of their choice.