Primary Care Specialties are Top Choice for Stony Brook Medical Students Matching to Residencies
127 fourth-year students match to outstanding programs in New York and 17 other states
STONY BROOK, NY, March 20, 2013 – A jubilant scene unfolded as fourth-year Stony Brook University School of Medicine students and their families learned about their residency matches at the School’s annual “Match Day,” held on March 15 in the Health Sciences Tower. All 127 students matched to residency training programs in New York and 17 other states. The successful Stony Brook match will bring an influx of physicians into the workforce come July. One-third of the Stony Brook students will enter primary care disciplines.
The results of the Stony Brook residency match reflect a national trend and need in medicine. According to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), which conducts Match Day, the number of graduating medical school seniors who matched to primary care disciplines, which includes Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Pediatrics, rose by nearly 400 over that of 2012. As America’s population continues to age and federal legislation increases the numbers of Americans insured, the need for primary care practitioners increases.
“Primary care is extremely important for the future of medical care in our country, and we are pleased that many of our students are choosing to go into these disciplines,” said Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, Senior Vice President for the Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine. “This year’s senior class is also a particularly talented one, and the success of their match is a product of their hard work and the medical education and clinical training they received while at Stony Brook.”
“We had a 100 percent match rate this year, and our students did phenomenally well,” added Latha Chandran, MD, MPH, Vice Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education at Stony Brook. “Students matched to programs at prestigious institutions such as Yale, Harvard, Columbia and Stanford, and they matched to some of the most competitive specialties, such as Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, and Radiation Oncology.”
In total, Stony Brook students matched to 21 specialty programs. Primary care disciplines led the way, with 42 students selecting that specialty. Emergency Medicine was the second most chosen area, with 17 students entering the field; Anesthesiology was third, with 10 students choosing the specialty.
More than half of the students (55 percent) matched to residencies in New York State, and approximately one-quarter (26 percent) will stay on Long Island for their residencies. Thirteen students matched to Stony Brook University School of Medicine in specialties such as Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Orthopaedic Surgery and Pediatrics.
The NRMP reported that a record-breaking 25,463 applicants nationwide matched to residency programs; U.S. medical school seniors made up 16,390 of those slots. Additionally, for the first time more than 40,000 students and medical school graduates nationally registered for the Match.
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