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    Match Day 2012Stony Brook Medical Students Meet Their "Match"

    Majority of fourth-year students choose residencies in New York State hospitals

    STONY BROOK, N.Y., March 22, 2012 – Cheers, smiles, and congratulatory hugs were everywhere during Stony Brook School of Medicine’s “Match Day,” held on March 16 in the Health Sciences Tower. This year 120 fourth-year medical students – the largest Stony Brook class ever – learned where they will begin their residency training. They matched to residency training programs around the country. Most will begin their residencies this July.

    New York State remained a top geographical choice for the Stony Brook class, as 62 percent of the class matched to residencies in New York at various healthcare institutions. More than one-third matched to hospitals on Long Island. Thirteen percent of the class will become residents in clinical departments at Stony Brook School of Medicine.

    Kenneth Kaushansky, M.D., M.A.C.P., Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences, and Dean of the School of Medicine (center), poses with students who will stay at Stony Brook for their residencies. Also pictured are: Dr. Latha Chandran, Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education (front left), and Dr. Frederick Schiavone, Vice Dean for Graduate Education (upper right).

    Match Day is an annual event at major medical schools nationwide and is conducted by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). This year nearly 16,000 medical students nationwide matched to residency programs. The NRMP reports that the 95 percent national match rate for U.S. medical school students was the highest in 30 years.

    “Our medical students experienced a fabulous Match Day. They are going into their residencies armed with the many skills and training they received at Stony Brook and with a tremendous enthusiasm for their chosen profession,” says Kenneth Kaushansky, M.D., M.A.C.P., Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences, and Dean of the School of Medicine. “We are particularly happy that a large portion of those who matched chose to enter practices in Primary Care, an area of medicine with the greatest need for expansion.”

    Primary Care encompasses specialties in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Pediatrics. Thirty-eight percent of Stony Brook’s fourth-year matching students will enter Primary Care. Federal legislation increasing the numbers of Americans insured, and the aging populations are reasons why America’s need for more primary care physicians continues to grow.

    In total, Stony Brook medical students matched to 21 specialty programs. Internal Medicine was the top specialty choice and Emergency Medicine was second. According to the NRMP, in 2012 Emergency Medicine residency positions increased nationwide and all the positions were filled.

    The class also matched to many residency programs at hospitals, academic medical centers, and other healthcare institutions around the country. Thirty-eight percent of the class matched to residencies in 18 other states and Washington, D.C. These include matches at institutions such as Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts, Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, the University of California Medical Center at Irvine, and the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash.

    About Stony Brook School of Medicine:

    Established in 1971, the Stony Brook School of Medicine 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 word-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 over 480 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 30,000 inpatient, 80,000 emergency room, and approximately 350,000 outpatient visits annually at Stony Brook University Hospital and affiliated clinical programs, making its clinical services one of the largest and highest quality on Long Island, New York. To learn more, visit www.medicine.stonybrookmedicine.edu