An MD/PhD student with cerebral palsy, a child of Haitian Immigrants, and a couple from Long Island find out where they will start their residency training
Shouts and tears of joy filled the scene as 119 fourth-year Stony Brook University School of Medicine students found out where they will launch their medical careers at the school’s Match Day event. Medical schools nationwide hold Match Day each March. Stony Brook students matched to top residency training programs at institutions such as Yale-New Haven Hospital, University of California San Francisco, University of California Los Angeles, Johns Hopkins, Dartmouth, Stanford University, New York University, Mt. Sinai and Stony Brook Medicine. They begin their training in July.
Administered by the Matching Program (NRMP National Resident), Match Day reveals the placement medical students nationwide and internationally to residency assignments. Match Day results indicate trends in medicine and illustrate the need for growing numbers of physicians and certain specialists. 2017 marked the largest Match Day in history for the country, with a record number of 31,757 positions filled.
Half of the Stony Brook Class of 2017 matched to residencies in New York State. The other half matched to programs in a total of 20 other states and Washington, DC. Collectively, they will practice in 20 specialties. Internal Medicine ranked as the leading specialty (32), followed by Pediatrics (15) and Emergency Medicine (14).
“Becoming a physician is not a job, it is a calling,” said Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, Senior Vice President of the Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine. “I congratulate this year’s students on an incredible match. Their hard-work, commitment, curiosity and creativity as students is being rewarded as they embark on their life-long journeys as physicians.”
One student who matched is Kip Guja, a Long-Island native who battles cerebral palsy. Guja is one of only seven students this year who will receive his MD/PhD degree. He matched to a program in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at Stanford University in California. He will first have preliminary training in Medicine at Stony Brook.
Elaine Carelus, whose parents are from Haiti, matched as a Surgery resident at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Among the “couples matches” were Ryan Lamm and Sonia Barel, both native Long Islanders. Together they matched to Thomas Jefferson University in Pennsylvania, he in General Surgery and she in Internal Medicine.